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Gallagher, Julia, Manful, Kuukuwa Oduguamba and Ncube, Innocent (2022) 'Invented modernisms: getting to grips with modernity in three African state buildings.' Curator: The Museum Journal, 65 (3). pp. 569-589.

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Abstract

This article examines recent attempts to create specifically African forms of modernist political architecture that draw on ‘traditional’ or ‘pre-colonial’ aesthetic forms and ideas. Taking examples of three prestigious structures – the presidential palace in Ghana, the parliament in Malawi and the Northern Cape regional parliament in South Africa – the article shows how vernacular ideas have been incorporated into state-of-the-art political architecture, producing new or explicitly ‘African’ forms of modernism. It explores how such buildings, which draw on ‘invented traditions’, are used alongside conventional, monolithic representations of the state to produce ‘invented modernisms’ that both uphold and question the African state as a project of modernity.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISSN: 21516952
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1111/cura.12505
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2022 11:50
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/37658
Funders: European Union

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