Postcolonial modernisms

Across the globe, new art traditions have responded to the radical changes of the 20th century.

1945 - present

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<i>Battle of Adwa</i>
Battle of Adwa

This painting depicts the moment when the Ethiopian army defeated Italian aggressors, defending itself against colonization

Fahrelnissa Zeid – ‘She Was the East and the West’
Fahrelnissa Zeid – ‘She Was the East and the West’

Turkish Princess and artist Fahrelnissa Zeid is best known for her large-scale abstract compositions blending Byzantine, Islamic and Western influences.

Ibrahim El-Salahi, <em>The Inevitable</em>
Ibrahim El-Salahi, The Inevitable

Often considered El-Salahi's masterpiece, 'The Inevitable' was first conceived by the artist during his wrongful imprisonment.

Ibrahim El-Salahi , <em>Reborn Sounds of Childhood Dreams 1</em> studio visit
Ibrahim El-Salahi , Reborn Sounds of Childhood Dreams 1 studio visit

Artist Ibrahim El-Salahi discusses his work 'Reborn Sounds of Childhood Dreams 1' 1962-3, a large-scale oil painting acquired by Tate.

Seydou Keïta, <em>Untitled</em> (Seated Woman with Chevron Print Dress)
Seydou Keïta, Untitled (Seated Woman with Chevron Print Dress)

Studio photography produced mementos for the growing middle class: Keïta’s Bamako studio was abuzz with clients.

Skunder Boghossian, <em>Night Flight of Dread and Delight</em>
Skunder Boghossian, Night Flight of Dread and Delight

Boghossian’s exposure to Pan-Africanist networks in Paris helped him to develop the concept of his painting Night Flight of Dread and Delight.

Ibrahim El-Salahi, <em>Reborn Sounds of Childhood Dreams</em>
Ibrahim El-Salahi, Reborn Sounds of Childhood Dreams

How would you paint a picture of something that’s not quite representable… like the sound of voices chanting, a spiritual vision, a childhood memory, or a dream that you can’t remember?

Uche Okeke
Uche Okeke

Okeke learned uli, an Igbo female painting tradition, from his mother, and infused it with a modern sensibility.

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