Dans charité il y a char [in charity/aid there is a tank]

Scope and Content

Mail Art. The French title, from a faux proverb by Musa, employs word play in that charité contains the word char: 'tank' (p. 240, C. Deliss, ed. 1995). The imagery in three sections makes a critique of development aid, food aid for starving children, by means of collage and drawing; on the right is a double ‘Marianne’, symbol of the French state, as a puppeteer in the aid game.

Access Information

Collection currently on display in the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, until 23rd March 2019.

Restrictions Apply

Acquisition Information

The donation was made to SOAS Library in June 2018 by Elsbeth Court, an academic who teaches African Art on the IFCELS course at SOAS, with the support and agreement of the artist Hassan Musa.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

brown paper envelope 16cm x 23cm

Archivist's Note


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright in the artwork of Hassan Musa assigned to SOAS by the artist, 2018. Copyrights persist in other images and texts. The user is advised to investigate copyrights before making any re-use of this material.