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In Conversation with Selly Raby Kane

Publié dans Design  |  mai 16, 2020
Selly Raby Kane is a renowned Senegalese fashion designer and artist involved in Africa’s booming art and design movement. Her collections are a fantastical confluence of contemporary art and fashion. She mixes symbols, signs, and styling techniques to develop astonishing garments that draw on disparate influences including surrealism and Afrofuturism. Using wax print, bazin, and denim, her creations go beyond the traditional dress styles from West Africa with a focus on individuality and sustainability.

In Conversation with Issa Diabaté

Publié dans Design  |  mars 14, 2020
Ivorian architect Issa Diabaté talks about designing the future of urban Africa. He believes that tomorrow African architecture will be driven by independence, innovation, volunteer work, and personal investment. African architects will need to share a common vision and get inspired by various sources in order to create something new that will benefit the community. Understanding social equity and economic development will have an impact on the orientation of their practice.

In Conversation with Sindiso Khumalo

Publié dans Design  |  novembre 23, 2019
Sindiso Khumalo is a Botswanan fashion designer raised in Durban, South-Africa and based in London, UK. Drawing on her Zulu origin, she creates and translates traditional Ndebele patterns into her contemporary fashion collections. In her exploration of these patterns, Khumalo has developed her own graphic language designed with colorful symbols. These symbols have become the standout feature of her clothing line, reinforcing the principles of empowerment and sustainability which lie at the heart of her label.

In Conversation with Adebayo Oke-Lawal

Publié dans Design  |  septembre 21, 2019
Adebayo Oke-Lawal tells the story of a young man who was bullied and misunderstood in his youth but who has always dreamed of working in the fashion industry. With few fashion education opportunities available in Nigeria, he persevered in his goal of designing and offering his own clothes. Today he is one of Africa’s most celebrated fashion designers, using fashion to start conversation about masculinity and diversity as well as to battle stereotypes around racial identity.

In Conversation with Okwui Enwezor

Publié dans Design  |  mars 16, 2019
Okwui Enwezor was the director of Munich’s Haus der Kunst and the director of the 56th International Venice Art Biennale in 2015. Throughout his career, he has focused on art and design of the 20th and 21st century from all over the world. He also studied theories of diaspora and migration, post-colonial modernism, and the architecture and urbanism of post-colonial African cities. In this interview, Enwezor discusses the influence of design in Africa and why it is important to redefine the traditional design terminology in this new context.