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Mon, 22 Jan



African Politics and Architecture an event for SOAS students

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African Politics and Architecture   an event for SOAS students
African Politics and Architecture   an event for SOAS students

Time & Location

22 Jan 2024, 15:00 – 16:30

London, SOAS, University of London Thornhaugh Street, Russell Sq, London WC1B 5DQ, UK

About the event

Visit the Building Africa exhibition, for a talk and discussion with lead researcher and curator Prof Julia Gallagher.

This event is for SOAS students with an interest in African Futures.

The Building Africa exhibition explores the relationship between architecture and politics. It tells stories about presidential palaces, courts, parliaments, a school, a sports stadium, airports and the African Union building itself and explains how they build political institutions and identities around the continent.

The exhibition is based on findings from a five-year research project at SOAS, which has been interpreted by design-teams from Ethiopia, South Africa and Ghana, each one producing an installation that explores local responses to the buildings. These installations were originally exhibited in Addis Ababa, Johannesburg and Accra. They come together now to show how complex and often fraught political ideas are played out through architecture and popular responses to it.

Julia will talk about the research behind the exhibition and how she worked with the African design teams to put it together.

15.00-16.30 on Monday 15 January in the Brunei Gallery.

This event is free but spaces are limited. Please register here to join.

For more information about the project, visit our website:

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