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Making Africa art exhibit

Written by Jamie

Thinking about the future means thinking about our possibilities in the world. The future belongs to Africa, because it seems to have happened everywhere else already.” 

Okwui Enwezor, Consulting Curator of Making Africa.

A new, emerging Africa

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CCCB, one of Barcelona’s most exciting, cutting-edge art centers , has opened its doors to its latest exhibition Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design – a positive display which focuses on Africa’s future opportunities through the works of over 120 artists.

Showcasing African art and design while exploring its rich culture, it paints a picture of a new and emerging Africa in a display which defies traditional artistic boundaries through the use of mixed-media.

A new generation of African artists and designers use a variety of artistic disciplines simultaneously to break conventional moulds of art, photography, design and film. Often working in collectives to produce works in an urban context which assume social responsibility and make though-provoking predictions about the continent’s future.

This unconventional approach used in Making Africa, created through the use of mixed-media, has come to define CCCB and its exhibitions and has been key in making it one of Barcelona’s most popular galleries.

Making Africa showcases a diverse range of artistic mediums which include: objects, furniture, graphic arts, illustration, fashion, architecture, urban planning, crafts, film and photography. Together these works aim to shine light on Africa’s new perspective on design principles, material culture and everyday aesthetics.

Linking past and present

africa pic 3The display does not solely focus on Africa’s new generation and it’s future.The journey starts from the

1960s, the beginning of the continent’s post-colonial era, another hopeful time and a golden period for Architecture and design – these works appear alongside the contemporary pieces creating a link between the positivity of that era and that of Africa’s future.

Africa, a continent of over 50 countries and 1.1 billion people, has a history and diverse range of cultures which are beyond complex, the creation of the exhibition was therefore both an ambitious and lengthy project. Around 70 artists, designers, researchers, architects and curators were consulted over a two-year period as interviews, meetings and think tanks were held in numerous cities including Cape Town, Lagos, Dakar, London and Nairobi.

The exhibition was warmly received at the Guggenheim, Bilbao last year and expects similar plaudits in Barcelona. Tickets are 6 euros (4 euros reduced) and the display will open until August 28.

About the author


Jamie is a freelance writer living in Barcelona.

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