"Designing Africa: Appropriating Culture, Mediums, and Meanings" presents a survey of the vital yet often under-appreciated emerging tendencies in contemporary design on the African continent. With a particular focus on Nigeria, "Designing Africa" examines the work of a diverse group of artists in the country who explore the multifarious avenues of the design field, including product design, furniture design, graphic design, typography, and constructed surfaces. While their practices span wide spectrums of art and design, their work shares a commonality in a particular design sensibility, one that can be traced back to a shared interest in process, experimentation, and presentation. "Designing Africa" investigates the blurred boundaries between the definition of artist and designer in contemporary art and the ways in which design is articulated through both a regional (African) paradigm and a more inclusive global conversation.
Participating Artists: Ifeanyi Oganwu, Alafuro Sikoki-Coleman, Chinenye Emelogu, thanksthanksafrica, and Native Almaqri
8 March - 5 April 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, 8 March 2013 @ 6 PM
AAF Gallery 54 Raymond Njoku Street Off Awolowo Road Ikoyi, Lagos
For more info visit aafgallery.com and africanartists.org