See Nancy Um’s article in the most recent issue of “African Arts”

See Nancy Um’s article “Greenlaw’s Suakin: The Limits of Architectural Representation and the Continuing Lives of Buildings in Coastal Sudan” in the Winter 2011 issue of African Arts: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/afar/44/4

Despite its modern ruined state, the coral rock built architecture of the island city of Suakin on Sudan’s Red Sea coast is well known to scholars of vernacular architecture. Its enduring reputation may be attributed to the copious documentation of its houses, mosques, and public buildings that appeared in the 1976 publication The Coral Buildings of Suakin by the artist Jean-Pierre Greenlaw. This paper reconsiders the contested visual project of Greenlaw, with a focus on the intertwined relationship between the processes of architectural documentation, the temporal crises that undergird the writing of architectural history, and the directives of preservation during the last years of British rule in coastal Sudan.

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