Postcolonial modernisms

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

1945 - present

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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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