Guy TillimGrande Hotel, Beira, Mozambique 2008

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Artist
Guy Tillim (born 1962)
Title
Grande Hotel, Beira, Mozambique
Date 2008
MediumDigital print on paper
Dimensionsunconfirmed: 915 x 1315 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 2010
Reference
P79830
Not on display

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Patrice Lumumba was the first elected Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo following its independence from Belgium in June 1960. His government was deposed in a coup, and he was assassinated in January 1961. Taken in various African states, Tillim’s photographs of modernist structures, now in a state of decay, can be seen as reflection on the legacy of the idealistic nationalism associated with Lumumba. Two images show apartment buildings in Beira, Mozambique. The buildings are worn and grimy and, whilst clearly still in use, belong to another moment in time charged with promise and possibility… (read more)

June 2011

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