One Out of Many Afrophilias

One Out of Many Afrophilias summons the disputatious energies of Transition magazine, one
of the most influential English language literary journals of the 1960s and 1970s.

Founded and edited in 1961 from his home in Kampala, Uganda, by the poet Rajat Neogy,
Transition launched the careers of public intellectuals such as the poet Christopher Okigbo, political theorist Ali A Mazrui and novelist Paul Theroux.

Essays such as Mazrui’s controversial 1966 polemic Nkrumah: The Leninist Czar ignited sustained debates over the present and the future of the one-party state within and beyond the
continent. That same year it emerged, equally controversially, that the magazine was
receiving financial support from the Congress for Cultural Freedom, the CIA’s covert funding
organisation.

One out of many Afrophilias might be described as a bespoke display system for housing the
first fifty issues of Transition within an environment that alludes to Transition’s advertising imagery of consumer society in the cities of Kampala, Marakere, Accra, Lagos throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s. Transition’s graphic design is approached as a score for an interior décor that conjures the fragmented cultural horizon of a sophisticated Afropolitanism.

Presentation Equipment
2 x tresel tables
3 x anglepoise lamps
3 x wallpaper prints
shelving
seating: benches


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