The eyewear designs by the Kenyan Cyrus Kabiru are made from objects he finds in the street, from sponges to screws. His C-stunners show is that our view of the world – including Africa – is blinkered. There are furniture designs, such as the colourful, two-legged Sansa armchairs by Cheick Diallo from Mali, made of knotted nylon fishing line. The exhibition also presents architecture by Francis Kéré, David Adjaye and Kunlé Adeyemi,as well as remarkable cardboard city models by Bodys Isek Kingelez; animation art by the South African Robin Rhode; and urban fashion photography of young people in search of their identity by the Mozambican Mário Macilau.
There are at present some 650 million mobile phones in booming Africa – more than in the USA or Europe. Most of these devices have internet access, a gateway to the world that is of fundamental importance for the present-day transformation of Africa and a great influence on the work of artists and designers. ‘Making Africa’ shows how design is related to the economic and political changes of the African continent and even contributes to these changes. Besides contemporary design, there are also examples of magazines and photographs from the 1960s. The comparison shows how the young generation often deliberately refers to work from these early years of African independence and recovers the positive, self-assured feeling of the time.
The comprehensive and richly illustrated catalogue ‘Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design’ is published by the Vitra Design Museum and is on sale in the Kunsthal shop for € 69,90 (ISBN 978-3-931936-52-5).
MAKING AFRICA FESTIVAL
On Sunday 2 October there are various performances, workshops, guided tours, music, food and dance, including storytelling by the dramatist Ogutu Muraya, a fashion show by Lady Africa, and teasers for the Afrovibes Festival all day long.
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
The Cultuurfonds was founded in London in 1940 by Prince Bernhard, late grandfather Willem Alexander, the present king, to buy war material for the British and Dutch Governments.
Vitra design museum
The Vitra Design Museum numbers among the world’s leading museums of design. It is dedicated to the research and presentation of design, past and present, and examines design’s relationship to architecture, art and everyday culture.
Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne
Sinds zijn start in 1990 heeft VSBfonds vele initiatieven en projecten ondersteund die bijdragen aan de kwaliteit van de Nederlandse samenleving. Sinds 1990 heeft VSBfonds voor 661 miljoen euro aan maatschappelijke initiatieven en projecten ondersteund.