Bringing the continent closer

2015-02-22 15:19

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If you’re looking for design inspiration, or just a little shopping, there isn’t much you won’t be able to find next week in Cape Town. The designer tribes of the African diaspora will migrate to the foot of Table Mountain to combine their continental powers and show the art world exactly what they’ve got. And let us warn you – it’s a lot.

Design Indaba, Cape Town International Convention Centre

Design indaba: Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop will be speaking at the Design Indaba Conference about the influence of colonial history on the African gaze
PHOTO: Omar victor diop

The highly anticipated Design Indaba exhibition, called Africa is Now 2015, says quite boldly that “Africa is rejecting the descriptions that have historically defined it and is instead becoming the new benchmark for growth and innovation”. The show will premiere work by five different African multidisciplinary collectives: Darb 1718 from Egypt, Les Petites Pierres from Senegal, Beyond Entropy Africa and Colectivo Pes Descalco from Angola, as well as The Nest from Kenya. Included will be fascinating lectures from the likes of Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop, who will be speaking about his prolific recolonisation of Western imagery.

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Guild Design Fair, The Lookout at the V&A Waterfront

Guild Design Fair: Malian Cheik Diallo’s chairs have appeared at fairs worldwide

This year’s edition of the Guild Design Fair will introduce the amazing work of Design Network Africa, a group of artists from all over the continent who have contributed and joined forces to premiere work that hopes to inspire new ways of thinking about Africa. Among the exciting line-up is Malian architect Cheik Diallo, who transforms everyday rubbish such as bottle tops and old tyres into functional furniture almost too beautiful to use.

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The Cape Town Art Fair, The Avenue, V&A Waterfront

CAPE TOWN ART FAIR: Among the exhibits at the Art Fair will be work by Nigerian photographer Lakin Ogunbanwo and Angolan.
Photographer: Edson Chagas

The Cape Town Art Fair, organised by the Italian Arte Fiera group – one of the globe’s largest exhibition companies – is partnering with the celebrated New York City performance art fair Performa this year. Visitors can expect local and international exhibitors and galleries. They will be able to meet artists, enjoy outdoor public installations and listen to talks given by some of the greatest names in the art world. It will also be the first event at The Avenue, a glittering redevelopment on the Waterfront foreshore.

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GRID Cape Town Biennial, Castle of Good Hope, the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront

GRID: Lakin Ogunbanwo will also be exhibited at the Cape Town Biennial. The photographer is all about pop, fashion, and vogue.

A short way down the road, the inaugural GRID Cape Town Biennial offers art lovers a photographic adventure through the eyes of African photographers. This biennial brings together work by international and local artists, from the well known to the most exciting upcoming talent. No doubt it should quell your visual wanderlust until the next one in two

years’ time.

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