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Title:Traditions of modernity: currents in architectural expression in Kumasi
Author:Dumouchelle, Kevin D.ISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Ghana Studies (ISSN 1536-5514)
Volume:12-13
Pages:155-188
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:architectural history
buildings
modernization
towns
Abstract:An interpretative gap persists between the art-historical study of the African past and the present - between disciplines classically labelled 'traditional' and 'contemporary' African art. Early 20th-century African cities lay in the blind spots of both, given the largely rural and precolonial focus of the former, and the new, often diasporic, orientation of the latter. Yet, as the case of Kumasi (Ghana) demonstrates, there is a case to be made for continuities between the two discursive positions as well. This paper presents a number of snapshots over time of Asante architectural self-representations - limited to museums and educational institutions in Kumasi - which suggest that architectural history in this city remains an ongoing conversation about the discursive bounds and uses of history and identity. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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