‘AfricaAfrica, exploring the Now of African design and photography’ shows the creative potential of a continent, often underestimated, with a perspective on the present and the future

Palazzo Litta Cultura (project resulting from the collaboration between the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism for Lombardy and Mosca Partners) goes on exploring the contemporary world reaching, from 15 March 2018, hot African lands, with the exhibition AfricaAfrica, exploring the Now of African design and photography, sponsored by Ivory Coast, South Africa and Burkina Faso.

The exhibition deliberately breaks the stereotypes and focuses on contemporary design of Sub-Saharan Africa, an over 24 million sq km area from East to West. Design, photography, music and cinema illustrate the transformations taking place in this semi-unknown area of the world, not so far from Italy. It will be possible to enjoy the works realized by 25 artists who, through 40 design products realized in the latest two years and 55 photographs, will express their point of view on their homeland, providing the visitors with images showing dynamic, innovative and lively contexts.

(Curated by MoscaPartners and MIA Photo Fair projects, for the design and photography sections respectively; music programme curated by Ponderosa Music&Art).

TWO EXHIBITIONS IN ONE

It is impossible not to be fascinated and not to notice the natural materials used by African designers, their inspiration coming from the archetypical shapes of their homeland, the presence of color and the reuse of waste materials such as plastic, metal sheets and wood. This design freedom allows these designers to create aesthetically original objects.

Some examples can be seen in the pictures: the works in metal sheets and oil drums by Hamed Outtara, Stephen Burks’s wicker works, the poetic reinterpretations of abandoned wooden boats by Jean Servais Somian and Cara/Davide’s primitive sculptures.

The photography section includes pictures taken by many artists able to communicate contemporary Africa’s liveliness, energy, vision and aesthetic, and who, first of all, with their works, tackle globally important, contemporary sociopolitical issues.

In the photographs: Andile Buka with a b/w picture he took, Nobukho Nqaba, who deals with the relationship between identity and sociocultural influences and Omar Victor Diop, who reflects on the presence of historical figures of African descent and the key role they played in the transformation of European economical and cultural history.

THEMED MEETINGS

During the exhibition, every Thursday at 6:30 pm, in-depth meetings about African current events and culture are scheduled, engaging experts and critics in the fields of design, architecture, photography, music and movies. The first meeting – scheduled for 15 March – will focus on contemporary creativity in Africa; on 22 March Carlo Vezzoli and Elisa Bacchetti, University Professors at Politecnico di Milano –Department of Design, will discuss sustainable energy; the issue of waste in African slums and its possible reuse through design will be analyzed by Francesco Faccin on 29 March.

AfricaAfrica, exploring the Now of African design and photography

Palazzo Litta Cultura Corso Magenta, 24 (Milan)

15 March – 2 April

Opening hours: from Thursday to Sunday, 12.00 pm – 7.00 pm.