African Mobilities – This is not a Refugee Camp Exhibition

African Mobilities – This is not a Refugee Camp Exhibition

From October 12 to 25, A Whitespace Creative Agency will present African Mobilities – this is not a refugee camp exhibition, an architectural exhibition that explores how architecture responds to the complexities of migration and the circulation of people, ideas, resources and aesthetics – both in physical space and in spaces of the imagination. The exhibition examines the possibilities for creative interventions that emerge when one applies a relational, multi-scalar and multi-sited approach to this exploded space-time, in which the majority of migration and circulations occur on the African continent.

This iteration of the exhibition, features Mad Horse City, a collaboration that was conceived between New York-based artist and architect Olalekan Jeyifous and Lagosian writer Wale Lawal during the African Mobilities workshop series Lagos Exchange. Jeyifous’ earlier work Shantytown Megastructure considered how ‘slums’ are often viewed as eyesores to be bulldozed, which frequently leaves inhabitants displaced. As an alternative, it reimagined a future for the city of Lagos where the dispossessed are given prominence through a heterotopian and solar-punk vision that acknowledges the resilient practices of reuse and sustainability, as well as the highly self-organised nature of these communities. The project exhibited explores the interiority of these imagined communities in an interactive 360-degree virtual reality installation, graphic novella and 3 animated short films.

The exhibition is a collaboration between Architekturmuseum der TU München and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and is curated by Dr. Mpho Matsipa. This initiative is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. The project was developed with the support of the Goethe-Institut which will also aid the exhibition’s planned tour on the African continent.

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