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Exploring The Global Africa… « MAD Blog
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Exploring The Global Africa…

[ED: Lowery Sims is a Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design]

The interest in Africa today is the most focused and proactive that it has ever been, and so it would seem the timing of the Global Africa Project was precipitous. The sheer amount of talent, product and activity that is emanating from Africa, from Africans in Europe, North and South America, the Caribbean and Asia is astounding and makes organizing this exhibition a challenge.

That much of this featured activity and creativity revolves around women is perhaps the most interesting fact. Outside of the international design, craft and art worlds, it is mostly women who are involved with these collaboratives which support those communities. The relationship of this creative market to other issues was demonstrated by the feature focus of the August 22nd issue of The New York Times Magazine on women’s issues as a key economic, social, and political one to be tackled on the global stage today.

That the editors of the issue were Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn was not a surprise. I’d been following Kristof”s concerned reportage on the condition of women in areas of conflict such as Dafur for some time. His descriptions of the perils facing women just in the act of searching for wood to fuel fires to cook whatever food they have been able to secure from relief agencies or forage in their environments were enough to make one contemplate the contrast of their design-savvy counterparts here agonizing over a whether to choose a Vulcan or LG range for their renovated kitchens…

Simultaneously, sculptor, painter and photographer Mary Frank brought my attention to the foil-lined, sun-fueled cardboard oven that was invented by Kenyan-based Jon Bøhmer of Norway. This ingenious idea would eliminate the need for these women to wander afar from the protective density of the refugee camp (outside of which, they would be targets for rape and violence) to collect fuel to cook: Design meets need in the most dire of situations. Ultimately, Global Africa may act as a catalyst towards changing the stereotypical views of Africa in the eyes of the average visitor to MAD.

Images courtesy SkyNews.com: http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Cardboard-Oven-Called-The-Kyoto-Wins-50000-Contest-To-Find-The-Worlds-Greenest-New-Invention/Article/200904215258467

 
 

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