Flow of Forms/ Forms of Flow in Hamburg

Flow of Forms / Forms of Flow has opened in Hamburg! Countering the usual representations of historical cultures and ways of life in rural Africa, the Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg focuses with Flow of Forms on the contemporary culture of the continent. For further information, events, tours and other updates please check: www.voelkerkundemuseum.com


Installation views

Foto: Thomas Splett

at Kunstraum München

Forms of Cooperation/Participation directs its attention to the social and political dimension of form that results from collaborations, entanglements, exchange, and dialogue. Here we wish to examine the impact of artefacts and the effectiveness of the collective. We also ask whether artefacts enable an experience of the social or political dimensions. A workshop in Bamako, Mali (summer 2016) aims at critically reflecting on these different approaches with regard to ambivalences and potentialities.

With: Paolo Cascone, Matali Crasset & Bulawayo Home Industries, Cucula, Cheick Diallo, Front & Siyazama, Kër Thiossane
Karo Akpokiere: edition of three drawings from the Lagos Drawings series

Foto: Thomas Splett

at Kunstraum München

Kunstraum München’s new Edition of works by Nigerian born artist Karo Akpokiere

Foto: Thomas Splett

at Architekturmuseum

With: Kossi Aguessy, Cladlight, Fundibots, Wanuri Kahiu, Markus Kayser, Lumkani, Michael MacGarry, Abu Bakarr Mansaray, Jean Katambayi Mukendi, Rethaka, Studio Sikoki, Jules Wokam, Kader Attia, Vincent Michéa, Studio Sikoki, Obiora Udechukwu

Foto: Thomas Splett

at Museum Fünf Kontinente

Forms of Modernity examines the significance of foreign objects (in this case objects from Africa) for the quest of form in European modernity. In early 20th century’s products innumerable objects reveal the aesthetic adoption of non-Western design characteristics. The station ‘Forms of modernity’ looks at the influence of African objects on modern design.

With: Black Coffee, Formafantasma, Simone Post, Wendy Grossman, Sammlung Osthaus, Margaret Trowell

Foto: Thomas Splett

at Galerie Karin Wimmer

Knitwear MaXhosa by Laduma and Xhosa pearl objects (Museum Fünf Kontinente)

With: Yinka Ilori, Emo de Medeiros, Eric van Hove, David Adjaye, Marjorie Wallace for Mutapo Pottery, Laduma Ngxokolo, Dokter and Misses, Fatimah Tuggar, Sonya Clark, Nora al-Badri & Jan Nikolai Nelles and Palash Singh for STEP/ The New Basket Workshop

Simone Post

Simone Post, Carpets

Post-Vlisco is a series of interior products designed by Rotterdam designer Simone Post. With a firm belief in the “beauty of waste” she upcycles misprints from Dutch textile company Vlisco– commonly known for their wax-coated textiles popular in central and west Africa – and turned them into a range of seat covers, panels and an accompanying book. In the following interview Post gave us insights about her design approach, Post-Vlisco’s complex production process and upcoming projects.


Black Coffee

Black Coffee is a South African fashion label founded in 1998 by Jacques van der Watt, a graduate of Leggatts Design Academy in Johannesburg. The fashion brand was catapulted into the fashion limelight in 2009 after winning the Mercedes Benz Art Award and has shown at South African, Berlin and New York Fashion Week amongst others. Jacques van der Watt is considered to be one of the pioneers of fashion in Post-Apartheid South Africa, where fashion became a new form of identity negotiations, self-making and various sorts of remixing.


Matali Crasset (eng.)


Fotos von Matali Crasset

Die französische Industriedesignern Matali Crasset wuchs in einer Kleinstadt im Norden Frankreichs auf, heute lebt und arbeitet sie in Paris. Ihre Werke sind weltweit bekannt und werden vielfach ausgestellt. Forms of Flow/Flow of Forms konzentriert sich auf Crassets Basket Project, ein Projekt, das in Zusammenarbeit mit Korbflechterinnen aus Simbabwe entstand. Die Designerin stand dabei in ständigem Kontakt mit 17 Frauen der Bulawayo Home Industries, einer gemeinnützigen Einrichtung, die es Frauen ermöglicht, ihr Einkommen durch die Korbflechtkunst zu verbessern. Durch einen regen Austausch entstand eine Symbiose aus traditionellem Handwerk und modernem Design. In der Ausstellung wird diese Entwicklung einer neuen Formsprache sichtbar. Im Gespräch erklärt Matali Crasset Ansätze und Schwerpunkte des Projekts.


Flow of Forms / Forms of Flow. Design Histories between Africa and Europe

If you are looking at present artistic practices and cultural debates in Africa and its Diaspora you will notice a change in the different disciplines of applied arts – a development that is closely connected to the (temporary) (re-)migrations of contemporary fashion, textile and product designers. Being inspired by older traditions and also by forms of everyday design, extremely prolific and innovative scenes have emerged through the exchange with designers and artists working on the continent. The research and exhibition project Flow of Forms / Forms of Flow dedicates itself to these scenes and their protagonists while considering social and political ‘movements’ between globality and locality.