Collection by Jaime Gillin

Listening There: Scenes From Ghana


Two years ago, Mabel O. Wilson and Peter Tolkin traveled through Ghana, visiting the cities and documenting the architecture that had been erected over a thirty-year period, beginning in the late 1940s, when colonial rule was ending. These mid-century buildings were mostly modernist, designed by architects from Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Lebanon, Italy and Ghana; they had been reviewed in contemporary architectural publications, as part of a lively debate on what became known as “Tropical Modernism.” Until recently, their legacy had all but disappeared from the historical canon. Wilson and Tolkin's trip was motivated by a desire to see how these buildings had fared in the half century since their construction, and to explore how they functioned in today's increasingly urban and global contexts. The resulting photographs are on view at STUDIO-X NEW YORK until December 16th, in an exhibition entitled "Listening There: Scenes From Ghana." Here's a preview.

Beauty parlor, Osu, Accra.
American Embassy, interior, decommissioned and modified.
Architect’s private residence, Accra.
Architect’s private residence, living room, Accra.
Student and Cultural Center, University of Cape Coast.
Statue of Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah, looking towards the National Museum of Ghana, Accra.
Private residence, Accra.
Private residence, roof veranda, Accra.
Private residence, interior, Accra.
Private residence, Accra, 1958-61.
Architect’s private residence, Accra.

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