Making Africa

Making Africa

A Continent of Contemporary Design. Exhibition catalog at the Vitra Design Museum Weil am Rhein, 2015, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 2016

Edited by Kries, Mateo; Small, Amelie

Publisher: Vitra Design Museum (2015)

Languages: English, German

Carton, 344 p., M. 350 mostly color. Fig.

33.5 cm

ISBN-10: 3-945852-00-5

ISBN-13: 978-3-945852-00-2

KNV-Titelnr.: 51440273



‘Making Africa’ takes a completely new look at the design of Africa. For the first time, a band is dedicated to creative work on the continent, without approaching the topic of recycling, humanitarian design or traditional crafts. Instead, ‘Making Africa’ shows a new generation of designers using design as a tool for economic, political and social change, and thus for a new future for the continent. Her work transcends all genre boundaries. It not only covers classic areas such as furniture or product design, but is equally reflected in typography or digital media, but also in fields such as art, photography, architecture or film. A comprehensive catalog section documents the works of more than 120 protagonists of Africa’s new creative class – including Cyrus Kabiru, Cheick Diallo, Mário Macilau, Francis Kéré, David Adjaye, Kunlé Adeyemi, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Robin Rhode, Alaforu Sikoki, Selly Raby Kan and many more. The historical and theoretical background discusses essays and discussions with Okwui Enwezor, Koyo Kouoh, Edgar Pieterse and Amelie Klein. The book is supplemented by statements by around 70 other experts from Africa gathered in interviews and think tanks in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Lagos, Dakar, Nairobi, Cairo and other cities.
A book about the future of Africa and a new, open understanding of design – and thus about what design can do in the 21st century.


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