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ART DECO IN AFRICA: EXOTIC STYLE IN EXOTIC LOCALES

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Saturday, April 17th at 2:00 PM

Co-presented with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles

ART DECO IN AFRICA: EXOTIC STYLE IN EXOTIC LOCALES
80 min.

The world of Art Deco comes full circle with a look at Art Deco styles in Africa. Themes of the exotic have long permeated Art Deco, but few know that the Art Deco aesthetic can actually be found in the authentically exotic continent of Africa. Brought by the colonial powers in the ‘20s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, the modern, cosmopolitan style was dotted across the continent as a way to demonstrate the African colonies’ break with old European architecture. From Art Deco cinemas in Ghana, Angola, Egypt and Zanzibar, to the entire "Art Deco city" of Asmara, Eritrea (the Miami Beach of Africa!), decaying Art Deco monuments suggest a bygone era of adventurers, pilots, and explorers.

VOLTA
Dir. Ryan Mullins
13 min., 2009, Canada

An official selection of the Toronto Film Festival, the film is about an art deco movie theatre in Africa. In an era of generic multiplexes, it’s difficult to imagine a place where theatres have disappeared altogether. Guided by the former projectionist, Ryan Mullins explores a derelict theatre in rural Ghana that retains shadows of its former purpose while serving as a makeshift school. This exquisitely photographed documentary reveals the importance of local cinemas as gathering places that can expose remote areas to the larger world.

**IN PERSON: Lecturer Marc Weitz



 

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Lecture