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Building Africa - guided tour by one of the curators

There will be a free guided tour of the Building Africa exhibition on Thursday 1 February at 5.30pm, with Julia Gallagher, one of the curators.

The tour will last about one hour. 

The exhibition is in the Brunei Gallery, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1B 5DQ

About Building Africa

Building Africa 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.


Dates and opening hours

11 January – 16 March 2024

10.30am-5.00pm, Tuesday-Saturday

Late opening until 8.00pm on Thursdays




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