Listening There: Scenes from Ghana

Listening There: Scenes from Ghana examines African Modernism, specifically the modern architecture built in Ghana between the late 1940s and 1960s known as “Tropical Modernism.” Its photographs and videos were conceived of as a provocation rather than an exposition. The journeys to Kumasi, Accra, and the coast of Ghana were 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 urbanized and globalized contexts.

 

Research and Design Team

Peter Tolkin, Peter Tolkin Architects

Jeremy Schacht

 

Research and Design Fellows

Elizabeth Lasater

Kyle Hovenkotter

 

Design Observer essay

 


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  • Exhibition Poster, Studio X_NYC, 2010
  • Statue of Ghana’s first president Kwame Nkrumah, looking towards the National Museum of Ghana, Accra. Architects: Fry, Drew, Drake and Lansdun, 1957
  • Architect’s private residence, Accra, Architect: Kenneth Scott Associates, 1961
  • Black Star Square, also know as Independence Square, built to commemorate independence from colonial rule, Accra. Architect: James Cubitt and Partners, 1961
  • American Embassy, interior, decommissioned and modified, Architect: Harry Weese & Associates, 1956
  • Kejetia Central Market, Kumasi, 2009
  • Beauty parlor, Osu, Accra, 2009
  • Engineering Workshops, Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Architect: James Cubitt and Partners, 1953
  • MTN Branch Office, Oxford Street, Accra, 2009
  • Installation, Studio X_NYC, fall 2010
  • Installation, Studio X_NYC, fall 2010
  • Opening night discussion, Studio X_NYC, fall 2010
  • Listening There video stills matrix
  • Installation, Studio X_Rio, spring 2013
  • Installation, Studio X_Rio, spring 2013
  • Opening night, Studio X_Rio, spring 2013