What do we actually know about Africa? In western culture AFRICA has become synonymous with a potpourri of exotic ingredients and anxieties: sun, rhythm, intuition, bodily liberation, grand landscapes, wild animals – and on the other hand disease, crime, war, failed states, shantytowns, famine, a flood of refugees. This book – published in connection with the AFRICA exhibition at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art – attempts to challenge the stereotypes. It speaks in both short and extended form of new architecture and urban development projects from various parts of Africa south of the Sahara, and artworks from the same region appear as independent contributions to the overall experience. All the projects point inwards to a discussion of the future – or futures – of Africa: there is in fact no unity, and the generalized ‘Africa’ only stands in the way of our feeling for the true developments in this enormous continent. The book – and the exhibition – make up the third and last instalment of Louisiana’s series on regional architectures and their interactions with culture and the formation of identity. Generously illustrated, AFRICA includes essays by among others the curators of the exhibition, Kjeld Kjeldsen and Mathias Ussing Seeberg, expert consultant Morten Nielsen, and Achille Mbembe, Edgar Pieterse, Antoni Scholtens Folkers, Daan Roggeveen & Michiel Hulshof, Filip de Boeck, and Nnamdi Elleh.
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