Senegal

Afro Modernism: Africa's Avant-Garde Architecture Boom

The 1960s and 70s were an explosive period for experimental architecture in Africa – from vast Toblerone-shaped exhibition centres to giant lily-bud auditoriums. Swiss architect Manuel Herz has tracked down 80 of these lost monuments of African independence for a new book, "African Modernism". Pictured on the left are some of the many triangular prisms that form the FIDAK exhibition centre, which was built in 1975 in the Senegalese capital Dakar to host the country’s biennial international trade fair.

Capturing Senegal's Strongest

Swedish photographer, Lasse Burell, “more or less stumbled” into the sandpit of Senegalese wrestling. La Lutte – literally translated as “The Fight” – is Burell's new photo-book, capturing a duel of strength and beauty amongst the West African country’s national sport – “Even bigger than football!” riffs Burrell. A no-frills fighting tradition that has developed from ancient pre-battle warm-up's to a stadium-worthy sport in an artful display of agility, strength and ability.

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