Tito in Africa – Picturing Solidarity

The Wende Museum
The Armory, Culver City, California
June 23 - October 20, 2019


The exhibition Tito in Africa – Picturing Solidarity, previously displayed at the Museum of Yugoslavia in Belgrade and the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford, documents the strong relationship between the Yugoslav state leader Josip Broz Tito (1892–1980) and African heads of state. The photographs in this exhibition, from the collection of the Museum of Yugoslavia, record the 1960s and ’70s travels of Tito and his wife, Jovanka Broz, through Africa, where they met with the likes of Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser, and Ghanese president Kwame Nkrumah. With these visits, Tito not only sought to cement international relations but also to convey a message of solidarity and anti-colonialism, offering an alternative to the visions offered by the Soviet Union and the United States in the Cold War.