Page 8

AfrikaUK

THANKS We owe a debt of thanks to the architects and artists 8  who have agreed to create the exhibition and give it its unique character. In the park the visitor meets a work by the Namibian architects Andre Christensen & Mieke Droomer – a fence around the largest tree in the park that symbolically frames the exhibition. Another construction in the park is a pavilion designed by Spanish architects selgascano and erected by project supervisor Julian Ocampo, Sixto Cordero and Austin Smith of helloeverything. The pavilion will later be reassembled in Kibera in Kenya. Thanks to the entire team. It was natural that one of the first architects to be contacted was Burkinian Diébédo Francis Kéré, who has created an important installation inspired by his home village, Gando in Burkina Faso, for the exhibition. Our warmest thanks to the entire Kéré Architecture team, including in particular Adriana Arteaga and Dominique Mayer. For the urban theme of the exhibition it was natural to invite South African architect Heinrich Wolff, who has worked with urban culture in his projects in South Africa. Thanks to Wolff Architects – Heinrich Wolff, Ilze Wolff, Maria Wolff Carew and James Pierre du Plessis. In the theme ‘Re-Building’ we have collaborated with architects Nerea Amorós Elorduy and Tomà Berlanda on an installation that tells us about their work in Rwanda. We are grateful for their commitment and generosity. For the introduction to the exhibition entitled ‘Belonging’ we have asked a number of artists and cultural personalities to relate to the question of belonging, and the answers have been manifested in a number of stimulating, highly varied features. In this connection we would like to thank all the following for their engagement: Omar Victor Diop (Senegal); Invisible Borders (Nigeria); Wanuri Kahiu (Kenya); Selly Raby Kane (Senegal); Anton Kannemeyer (South Africa), Sindiso Khumalo (Botswana); Mokena Makeka, Makeka Design Lab (South Africa); Ato Malinda (Kenya); Imbolo Mbue (Cameroon); Nástio Mosquito (Angola), Ng’endo Mukii (Kenya); Maxwell Mutanda (Zimbabwe); Emeka Ogboh (Nigeria); Wura-Natasha Ogunji (Nigeria); OJUAFRICA, Eserick Fouché (South Africa); Joe Osae-Addo (Ghana); Diriye Osman (Somalia); Athi-Patra Ruga (South Africa); Pume-Bylex (DR Congo); Ngugi wa Thiong’o (Kenya); Ada Umeofia (Nigeria); Billie Zangewa (Malawi). Questions about contemporary African cosmological and cultural factors across the African continent have required dialogue with a number of academic resources – for example throughout the process from planning to completion we have drawn on anthropologist and researcher Associate Professor Morten Nielsen of Aarhus University and his large network and thank each and everyone for their invaluable sparring. From the beginning we have engaged in dialogue with experts in various aspects of life and development in parts of the African continent. Here we would like to thank the following: the Centre for Culture & Development/CKU, Professor Holger Bernt Hansen from Africa Studies at Copenhagen University, architect Carin Smuts from South Africa, and architect Tomà Berlanda, ASA Studio Rwanda, who has recently been appointed principal of the school of architecture in Cape Town in South Africa. And we have drawn on architect and chairman of ArchiAfrika Joe Osae-Addo from Ghana, whose considerable knowledge of African architecture and culture has been of great importance. We would like to thank all of them for the fruitful dialogue. For the many themes of the exhibition we have invited a number of people to curate their own narratives. Warm thanks to architect Manuel Herz/Manuel Herz Architekten, Basel, for the story of African modernism; to architects Jørgen Eskemose, Johan Mottelson & Marco Prahm, KADK, for their analysis of the informal city in Maputo; to Raw Material Company/Koyo Kouoh and Delphine Calmettes for their story about the Dakar Biennale; to Daan Roggeveen and Michiel Hulshof for their insightful contribution on the Chinese presence in Africa; and to Professor Dr. Filip De Boeck, University of Leuven and photographer Sammy Baloji for their fine narrative on Kinshasa; finally a special thank you to Lard Buurman for his great contribution. Thank you to the following for their assistance with contacts, inspiration, travels, images etc.: Jesper Milner Henriksen, Troels Bruun, The Danish Embassy in Mozambique/ Ambassador Mogens Pedersen and Birgit Dohmann Chang, DR K/Chris Pedersen & Lone Krüger Bodholt, Lotte Meinert, Rane Willerslev, David Southwood, Justine Bell, Minsuk Cho & Jihoi Lee, Lars Buur, Patrick Enaholo, Remigio Chilaule, Primus Mbeanwoah Tazanu. A special and warm thank you to the following lenders who have generously made


AfrikaUK
To see the actual publication please follow the link above