‘Invented modernisms’: New article from the ASA team

Kuukuwa Manful, Innocent Batsani-Ncube and Julia Gallagher have published a new article about modernism and political architecture in Ghana, Malawi and South Africa. The article, called ‘Invented Modernisms: getting to grips with modernity in three African state buildings’, discusses Jubilee House, the presidential palace in Accra, the new parliament building in Lilongwe and the Northern Cape Legislature building in Galeshewe, Kimberley. Each building incorporates vernacular ideas and forms which, the authors argue, are used to both uphold and question the idea of the state as a project of modernity. The article is part of a special issue on African Modernities, publishing in Curator: the Museum Journal. It is available free online here.

Jubilee House, Accra

Kuukuwa Manful, Innocent Batsani-Ncube and Julia Gallagher ‘Invented Modernisms: getting to grips with modernity in three African state buildings’ Curator: the Museum Journal, 2022: https://doi.org/10.1111/cura.12505