Africa's Italian Job

Stefan Boness

Stefan Boness takes a trip around the Eritrean capital of Asmara, a showcase of 1930s Italian Art Deco architecture.The Eritrean capital, Asmara, is a showcase of 1930s Italian Art Deco architecture. Initially created by colonial-era Italians, the style flourished into the '60s as local architects carried on the tradition. There was no modernization in Asmara for 30 years as Eritrea fought to regain independence from Ethiopia, and little war damage. So the Expressionist Capitol Cinema remains, along with the Futurist Fiat station, and the Rationalist geometry of the Ministry of Education. 'It's a virtual museum', says Medhane Teklemariam, project coordinator of the government's Heritage Project. UNESCO inscribed the city in its list of World Heritage Sites in July 2017, saying that the city is "an exceptional example of early modernist urbanism".

 

Display

Stefan-Boness

Select a subject

  • Group 2 (0)
    • Stories (881)

      Eritrea

      A staircase in an apartment house built in 1944 by...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212777

      ERITREA

      Detail of the former IRGA factory. Asmara is a...

      © Stefan Boness

      00030298

      Eritrea

      The Cinema Impero on Independence Avenue. Built in...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212520

      ERITREA

      Detail of a Fiat station, built in the Art Deco style...

      © Stefan Boness

      00010472

      Eritrea

      A detail of an Art Deco villa in Asmara, a city that...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212773

      ERITREA

      Swimming pool. Asmara is a showcase of 1930s Italian...

      © Stefan Boness

      00030282

      Eritrea

      A regional administration building influenced by the...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212460

      ERITREA

      A car passes outside the Art Deco style Cinema Roma....

      © Stefan Boness

      00049873

      ERITREA

      Veiled Muslim women walk pass a 1936 Art Deco...

      © Stefan Boness

      00049869

      Eritrea

      An apartment block built in 1942 by architect Bruno...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212800

      Eritrea

      Bar Zilli and an apartment building from the late...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212801

      ERITREA

      The Palazzo Mutton in Asmara was designed by...

      © Stefan Boness

      00049868

      ERITREA

      People cycle past an Art Deco building in Asmara....

      © Stefan Boness

      00125721

      Eritrea

      A detail of the Asmara Liquor Factory. The city is a...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212492

      Eritrea

      A boy walks past a building of the former Palazzo...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212551

      Eritrea

      A cyclist passes an Art Deco style villa built in...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212802

      Eritrea

      A detail of the entrance at the former Alfa Romeo...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212470

      ERITREA

      The Futurist Fiat Tagliero Service Station was...

      © Stefan Boness

      00049871

      Eritrea

      The entrance tower of the city's sports stadium,...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212495

      Eritrea

      The Rationalist and Cubist influenced Cinema Odeon...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212778

      ERITREA

      Pillars of the Fiat Tagliero Service Station in...

      © Stefan Boness

      00148960

      Eritrea

      The Capital Cinema, built between 1938 and 1943 by...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212467

      Eritrea

      Cyclists pass the Cinema Africa. The city is a...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212524

      Eritrea

      An Art Deco lamp shade inside the former Alfa Romeo...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212717

      Eritrea

      The former Alfa Romeo building (Societa Anonima Alfa...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212570

      Eritrea

      The former Alfa Romeo building (Societa Anonima Alfa...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212547

      Eritrea

      A child on the entrance staircase at the former Alfa...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212803

      Eritrea

      The internal courtyard of the Falletta Building, an...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212783

      Eritrea

      The Art Deco Ministry of Education building on...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212780

      Eritrea

      The Art Deco Ministry of Education building on...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212523

      Eritrea

      A decaying Alpha Romeo sign on the roof of a garage...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212716

      Eritrea

      The building of the former worker's club, now the...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212793

      ERITREA

      Villa Gracia. Asmara is a showcase of 1930s Italian...

      © Stefan Boness

      00030302

      Eritrea

      An Art Deco villa. Asmara is a showcase of 1930s...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212550

      ERITREA

      Lighting on a staircase. Asmara is a showcase of...

      © Stefan Boness

      00030232

      Eritrea

      An Art Deco villa. Asmara is a showcase of 1930s...

      © Stefan Boness

      00212500

      of
      Panos Pictures  1 Honduras Street  London  EC1Y 0TH  UK |  telephone: +44 20 7253 1424 |  email: [email protected]     
      POWERED BY INFRADOX