After African Catwalk at the heart of African fashion this summer, Africa Rising immerses us in the African creative scene. Released this fall, this book offers an understanding of the artistic wealth that stretches across the continent, against the archaic stereotypes. A new wave of young architects, designers, photographers and stylists made his name by developing social and economic projects to established alongside African artists. Rapid urbanization, reflecting the application of the middle class growth and a youth already counting more than 200 million people aged 15-24, pushes “the designers across the continent to solve real and important issues” Katie says Klee, editor of the south African platform Design Indaba. “There are so many lessons that Western consumers, high in the culture of waste, could learn from upcycling or recycling in Africa,” she added. Africa Rising is co-published by Design Indaba, the largest conference dedicated to design in Africa. It is held in Cape Town for 22 years and has revealed nearly 10,000 creative while contributing more than € 155 million to South Africa’s GDP.
Through these projects and these portraits, Africa Rising also shows how the traditional knowledge permeates to varying degrees in contemporary additions. “Design training institutes are not readily available in Africa, unlike the rest of the world, most talented designers are self-taught,” says Katie Klee, as the Senegalese designer Ousmane Mbaye, former cold technician creating modern furniture from iron scrap materials. No talent has been overlooked in this book: the native timber furniture Batswana Peter Mabeo the crafts of South African Porky Hefer. Star architect David Adjaye of Ghanaian origin, creator of the newest national museum of history and African American culture, the promising Nigerian architect Kunle Adeyemi, who designed a floating school in Lagos. Malian Boubacar Doumbia, who perpetuated the ancestral method of coloring bogolan by creating a social enterprise for young unemployed, the Senegalese designer Selly Raby Kane, named the Artistic Director of the Design Indaba next. “I want my work communicates a modern African history,” concluded the South African stylist Lukhanyo Mnisi.
Source: The Africa Point