Redesigning Spaces: Stringing Afro Futures

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This group exhibition interrogates how artists of African descent take ownership of technology and culture as a dynamic collective.

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We explore the creative offerings that erupt when African artists reimagine the future collectively...

Threading across the urban regions and suburbs of South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya; this group exhibition features artists from different African geographies, cultures and belief systems exploring pioneering methods of interacting with femininity as a subject and as a concept to reinvent and expand with reference to technology and the future.

This exhibition dissects creative portrayals on reality and speculative imaginings of African artists; embedded in multilayers of culture and technology - with the purpose of interweaving these alternate realities into a developing blueprint that gives artists of African descent a foundation in owning their narrative globally and having an opportunity to create their futures.

Referencing the African Diaspora’s Afrofuturism movement, Redesigning Spaces draws vices from this ceaseless era concretely filled with huge historical investment in the future; brought to the mainstream by artists like Sun Ra, Parliament and Outkast (revolving around the ‘mothership’ experience); to scholars Octavia Butler, Walidah Imarisha, Kodwo Eshun shaping scholastic links from Africa to America to space,including Nnedi Okoroafor, venturing into wildly imaginative scenarios - drawn from African Mythology, fantasy and magical realism.

Seeking to explore this growing intersection of the African culture and media - assessing the past and embracing forward thinking; this exhibition emphasizes contemporary expressions by emerging artists from the continent; envisioning a future with better conditions for the present generation of Africans, through the fusion of technological elements, culture and art - with influences from individual and collective experiences within Africa.

Stringing Afro Futures breeds an opportunity for artists from these constellations of African countries to share their experiences, imagery and futuristic approach in narrative ownership to an international audience via a virtual exhibition room; beyond the bounds of geographical and socio-economic barriers.

In a trail blazing sprint, this exhibition sets out to redesign spaces that encourage dialogue on the topic of futuristic thinking within the continent (enhanced by Africa’s Leapfrogging era) - hosting these conversations on the digital spaces of social media, videoconferencing and virtual reality.

In the last few years, social media has ignited a yearning hunger and desire among African and African diasporic internet users on the enlightenment of African culture through art and as a lens to reflect on our past, better understand our lives and the possibilities beyond our present circumstances. Virtual spaces have seen an influx in contemporary digital commentary and appreciation for African Art; with the rise of Afrofuturistic archival platforms, Afro-themed Galleries and Social media platforms dedicated to the obscuring of emerging and established artists from Africa and the African Diaspora.

Beyond observing the intersection of ‘technology’ ‘art’ and ‘culture ’ as well their perceived influence in designing and redesigning the global art world, Stringing Afro Futures interrogates how individuals of African descent take ownership of technology and culture as a dynamic collective.

As humanity finds novel ways of communicating, engaging and interacting with life and the environment. Redesigning Spaces asks what a futuristic approach to the post-Covid life could look like?

How beneficial could the ripple effect of our collective efforts - enhanced by technology be in the further development of the African continent?

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