The workshop will explore the relationship between architecture and photography. It will include sessions that examine historical and contemporary approaches to photographing buildings from the Modernist period.
During the late 1950s and the early 1960s most countries of Sub-Saharan Africa gained their independence. Architecture became one of the principal means with which the young nations expressed their national identity. Parliament buildings, central banks, stadiums, conference centers, universities and independence memorials were constructed, often featuring heroic and daring designs. The architecture in the capital cities of countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Zambia, Ghana or Senegal still represents some of the best examples of 60s and 70s architecture worldwide. Nevertheless it has received little attention and still remains to be ‘rediscovered’.
At the same time, this architecture also shows the difficulties, contradictions and dilemmas that the countries experienced in their independence process: In most cases, the architects were not local. In the case of Kampala, the architects were from the U.K, South Africa and Israel. The aim of this workshop is not to view the buildings as a monument of a bygone era, but rather, to see how they have adapted over time, and are now a part of the contemporary city.
The workshop aims to address the following questions:
- What is ‘Modernist Architecture’? What is ‘African Modernism’?
- How do you explore the relationship between Photography and Architecture?
- How do you develop a narrative? How do you tell a story about a building ?
VENUE & DATES:
Dates: 1st – 5th October
Activities: Full day
Location: Goethe-Zentrum Kampala, Ugandan German Cultural Society, Kamwokya, 52 Bukoto Street, Kampala.