‘Channelling Out of Africa’: colonial chic and imperial nostalgia in postcolonial times.

Presented by Annemi Conradie

Monday, 13 May, 2019 - 15:00

The décor trends ‘colonial chic’ and ‘safari style’ gained prominence in the United States during the 1980s. Promotions and décor features of the trends (re-)produce nostalgic, imaginary versions of colonial adventure and settler pastoral idyll, inspired in particular by the Hollywood film Out of Africa. Nearly four decades later, the two related trends, their off-shoots and signifiers, continue to enjoy international popularity. I read the trends – as they appear in décor magazines, blogs and coffee table books – from a decolonial perspective and examine their temporal and conceptual distancing of Africa and Africans. I lead this interrogation with the question, “whose is the colonial of colonial chic?”

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