ExhibitionsMaking Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design
Past Exhibition

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design

October 14, 2017 – January 7, 2018

The High Museum of Art is the first venue in the United States to present this major touring exhibition, which offers a fresh look at African design through a myriad of diverse works by more than 120 artists. Ranging from playful to provocative to political, the works include sculpture, prints, fashion, furniture, film, photography, apps, maps, digital comics, and more.

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Duro Olowu (Nigerian, born 1965)
Cape, embroidered pure silk. Pants, silk and viscose. Top, viscose, georgette, silk
© Photo by Luis Monteiro
Image courtesy of Duro Olowu

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African Sun, 2012

Cyrus Kabiru (Kenyan, born 1984)
Image from the C-Stunners photography series
© Cyrus Kabiru, photo: Antony Wachira

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The Madonna, from The Untold Renaissance series, 2014

Ikiré Jones
Wool and silk
Collection of Vitra Design Museum
© Walé Oyéjidé

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Lethabo Tsatsinyane, photographed for Dazed Magazine from the Smarteez series, 2010

Chris Saunders (South African, born 1984)
Archival inkjet print on Hahnemule Museum Etching Paper
Collection of the artist
© Chris Saunders
Photo courtesy PAPA Photographic Archival and Preservation Association, Kapstadt/Cape Town

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Ponte City, Windows, 2009

Mikhael Subotzky (South African, born 1981)
Duratran print
© Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse
Courtesy Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

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Taali M, 2012

Pierre-Christophe Gam (French, born 1983)
Image from website for the French-Congolese
Collection of the artist
© Pierre-Christophe Gam

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Sansa armchair, Sessel, 2010

Cheick Diallo (Malian, born 1960
Metal, nylon, and cords
Collection of the Vitra Design Museum
© Cheick Diallo

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Africa’s Legends, image from game, 2013

Leti Arts (Eyram Tawia and Wesley Kirinya)
Digital comic and mobile game series
Collection of the artists
© Leti Arts

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The exhibition offers a vision of Africa in the twenty-first century as a place of unbounded optimism, rapid growth, and massive cultural transformation and presents the continent as a hub of experimentation that generates innovative design approaches and solutions with worldwide relevance. Making Africa focuses on a generation of entrepreneurs, thinkers, and designers from and within Africa who address a global audience and provide the world with a new vantage point on their continent. The exhibition also illustrates how the artists use their work to effect significant economic, social, and political change.

More Details
For more information about this exhibition, please visit the Making Africa website.


Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design was organized by

Funded By

Major funding is provided by

Premier Exhibition Series Partner

Exhibition Series Sponsors

Premier Exhibition Series Supporters

Anne Cox Chambers Foundation, The Antinori Foundation, Ann and Tom Cousins, Sarah and Jim Kennedy, Jane and Hicks Lanier, Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot

Contributing Exhibition Series Supporters

Barbara and Ron Balser, Corporate Environments, Peggy Foreman, James F. Kelly Charitable Trust, Jane Smith Turner Foundation, The Lubo Fund, Margot and Danny McCaul, Joyce and Henry Schwob

Generous support is also provided by

Alfred and Adele Davis Exhibition Endowment Fund, Anne Cox Chambers Exhibition Fund, Barbara Stewart Exhibition Fund, Dorothy Smith Hopkins Exhibition Endowment Fund, Eleanor McDonald Storza Exhibition Endowment Fund, Forward Arts Foundation Exhibition Endowment Fund, Helen S. Lanier Endowment Fund, Howell Exhibition Fund, John H. and Wilhelmina D. Harland Exhibition Endowment Fund