Mod­ernist Art in Ethiopia

ChinAfrica - - SERVICES BOOKS - By El­iz­a­beth W. Gior­gis

Ohio Univer­sity Press

The book il­lus­trates the evo­lu­tion of mod­ernist art in Ethiopia to open up the in­tel­lec­tual, cul­tural, and po­lit­i­cal his­to­ries of it in a pan-african con­text. It ex­plores the var­ied prece­dents of the coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal and in­tel­lec­tual his­tory and re­veals the con­di­tions that ac­count for the ex­tra­or­di­nary dy­namism of the vis­ual arts in Ethiopia. In lo­cat­ing its ar­gu­ments at the in­ter­sec­tion of vis­ual cul­ture and lit­er­ary and per­for­mance stud­ies, Mod­ernist Art in Ethiopia de­tails how in­no­va­tions in vis­ual art in­ter­sected with shifts in philo­soph­i­cal and ide­o­log­i­cal nar­ra­tives of moder­nity. The re­sult is pro­foundly in­no­va­tive work - a bold in­tel­lec­tual, cul­tural and po­lit­i­cal his­tory of Ethiopia, with art as its cen­ter­piece.

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