‘Making Africa’: showcasing modern African design

Between March and September 2015, the ‘Making Africa’ design exhibition was presented at the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany. It thereafter moved to the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain from October to February 2016. Now, the touring exhibition is at the Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona (CCCB), Spain. Though it opened at the venue in March, there are still a lot of interesting activities to catch up with before it closes in August.

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The exhibition showcases work from different creative fields including architecture, furniture, arts, film, fashion and photography. Some of the artists featured are Malian furniture designer, Cheick Diallo; Mozambican photographer, Mario Macilau; Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru; South African animation artist, Robin Rhode; Nigerian photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere and the architects, Francis Kéré, David Adjaye and Kunle Adeyemi. In all, works of over 120 African artists and creators will be on display, highlighting the influence of design on political and economic change on the continent.

“Many of the major African capitals are seeing the consolidation of a generation that, around culture and through creation and design, is defending its right to build itself in freedom, without foreign tutelage and contradicting the stereotypes projected from the West,” the CCCB noted in a statement.

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Kenyan artist, Cyrus Kabiru, whose work will be shown at the 'Making Africa' exhibition. Photo: TED Conference/Flickr
Kenyan artist, Cyrus Kabiru, whose work will be shown at the ‘Making Africa’ exhibition. Photo: TED Conference/Flickr

Curating a new Africa

The ‘Making Africa’ exhibition presents Africa in bright new light: as a highly creative continent with boundless opportunities for growth, not one overwhelmed by war, poverty and disease.

The exhibition is curated by contemporary design expert at the Vitra Design Museum, Amelie Klein, with the Director of Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany and Okwui Enwezor serving as consulting curator.

‘Making Africa’ will close on 28 August 2016.

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