An exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum explores how design has shaped economic and political change in Africa
Architecture by Francis Kéré, David Adjaye and Kunlé Adeyemi, furniture by Malian designer Cheick Diallo and images by Mozambican photographer Mário Macilau will feature in an exhibition of African contemporary design at the Vitra Design Museum, starting this week (14 March 2015).
The show in in Weil-am-Rhein aims to illustrate how design has accompanied and shaped economic and political change in Africa. Following a two-year research process, the gallery is presenting the work of more than 120 artists and designers from across the continent, which it feels demonstrates the continent’s approach to design and the lessons it may hold for the wider world.
The exhibition includes design, art, photography, architecture, film and works that break out of these definitions, as well as an exploration of the role of mobile phones in transforming modes of communication in the continent. Making Africa runs alongside Architecture of Independence, an exhibition of African post-colonial architecture at the museum.
Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design runs from 14 March to 12 September 2015 at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil-am-Rhein
An interview with David Adjaye appears in our upcoming issue, Studios, available from 3 April 2015