Curators Adam Levin and Andile Magengelele have spent the last few years tracking down “Wow!” pieces of handmade design from all over Africa, and the fruits of their labours are now on show at the Pan African Craft Exhibition – or PACE2010 – now on at the CDC-G Gallery at Nelson Mandela Square.
In putting together PACE2010, Levin and Magengele were were looking to curate a show that might become a beacon for a new direction in African handmade Design, and it seems to have worked. In fact, Levin says of the designers and craftspeople they have met across the continent: [they] have come to represent a new wave of Afrofuturism for me – one that might truly find its own in the global design market. They are our tomorrow”.
Banana Rockers by Cheik Diallo (Mali)
Designers represented include Malian chair designer Cheik Diallo, Ghanaian furniture designers Kweku and Josephine Forson of Tekura Design, Nigerian ceramicist, Lawson Oyekan, as well as local talents like Marisa Fick-Jordaan and her lacy wirework platters, and the felt work of Ronel Jordaan.
Passage with Palm Print, Lawson Oyekan (Nigeria)
Open Bust by House on Fire (Swaziland)
Aloe Light by Magic And Moonlight (SA)