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Vitra Design Museum

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Flexi, 9.5 x 13 in. / 345 pgs / illustrated throughout.

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Catalog: SPRING 2015 p. 89   

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an extraordinary in-depth view of the dynamo that is contemporary African design

Rachel Pulfer

  

VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM

Making Africa

A Continent of Contemporary Design

Edited by Mateo Kries, Amelie Klein.

Featured image is reproduced from <I>Making Africa</I>.Over the past decade, Africa has experienced a tremendous political, economic and technological transformation. Spearheading this shift is a new generation of entrepreneurs and doers who have opened up a fresh view of this vast and diverse continent, using the Internet to make themselves visible. Developed in collaboration with renowned curator Okwui Enwezor, Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design embraces this new perspective, seeking to reveal the continent as a thinktank and investigating the intriguing possibility of a new understanding of design. It focuses on a generation of African designers, architects and artists who transcend the boundaries between design, art, photography, architecture and urbanism. Utilizing traditional techniques as comfortably as new media such as Facebook and mobile banking systems, these designers are establishing a new design identity—and thus a new future—for the continent. Making Africa examines everyday life through such items as furniture, posters, fashion garments and accessories, including J.D. Okhai Ojejkere's "Nigerian hairstyles" and Cyrus Kabiru's eyewear sculptures as well as the objects of Cheick Diallo, fashion by Buki Akib, the photographs of Mário Macilau and Okhai Ojeikere, the architecture of Francis Kéré, the animation art of Robin Rhode and many other creations of designers from different disciplines. Grounding these new movements in a larger historical context, Making Africa also takes a look at the first generation of postcolonial Africa.

Featured image is reproduced from Making Africa.

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Making Africa captures the extraordinary constructive energy and the impulse to innovate…it helps demolish any notions that African ingenuity is constrained by poverty or tradition.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 8/19/2015

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design

Making Africa: Omar Victor Diop, Dom Nicolau

"Contemporary art practices with their interdisciplinary approach and blurred boundaries between art forms have fused design as the ligand that binds and informs virtually each creative endeavor," African Arts Foundation founder Azu Nwagbogu writes in Making Africa, Vitra Design Museum's enlightening new survey of contemporary African art and design. He singles out Omar Victor Diop's latest series of self-portraits as a particular "tour de force," explaining, "Diaspora is fascinating and makes a compelling argument for revisiting the legacy of Africans in Europe. Diop focuses on a period between the 15th and 19th century. A journey of personal and familial identity which—without getting lost in its irony—was produced and inspired by Diop's time on a residency in Málaga, Spain. Diaspora travels back in time to bring to view the legacy of iconic Africans who left a positive impression in Europe. Each image is transmuted to a contemporary age, with design objects that reference sport at a time games like football or baseball did not exist. It forces us to reflect on the legacy of our sporting heroes today and a comparative view about the status of these iconic Africans from previous times." continue to blog


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 8/18/2015

Making Africa

Making Africa: Zanele Muholi, Zinzi and Tozama I, Mobray Capetown

"The future belongs to Africa," Okwui Enwezor writes in Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design. And it's true. Zanele Muholi's 2010 portrait, "Zinzi and Tozama I, Mobray Capetown," from the Being series, is captioned: "While protected by law, lesbians are often discriminated against in daily life, and frequently face acts of violence such as the so-called 'corrective rape.' Muholi's portraits of lesbian couples do not counter this discrimination accusingly or defiantly, but rather contront the negative connotations attributed to homosexuality in most of South Africa with positive values and associations. In her pictures as in life, homosexual love is beautiful—and it is also real. Muholi categorizes her work as visual activism: whatever the underlying factors may be, communities on the fringe of society lack visual presence, which the photographer wishes to highlight with her images. With Being, Muholi brings to public perception the existence, aspirations and needs of the South African lesbian community." continue to blog


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 8/20/2015

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design

Making Africa: Vincent Michéa, Untitled (black with spot)

What a book! Vitra Design Museum's glorious new survey, Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design surveys the best of the new generation of African architects and artists, entrepreneurs and doers. Advising curator Okwui Enwezor writes, "When we come to the question of design and attach the word Africa to it, we have to overcome the legacy of how this relationship has been mostly confined to the artisanal, to types of production that one might not conceive a within the vocabulary of contemporary design. We have to rethink concepts like recycling, remodeling, impoverished or informal in order to find productivity in relation to the present and not only in relation to ideas of deficit that may have been attached to Africa in general…" Featured image is Vincent Michéa's 2014 collage, "Untitled (black with spot)." continue to blog


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