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the global africa project « MAD Blog
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the global africa project

Countdown to the opening of The Global Africa Project (GAP)

Bright Eke working in Open Studios at MAD, November 11, 2010

It’s Veteran’s Day and the installation of GAP is in full swing. The works of art have been arriving and as they are unpacked and put into place under the watchful eye of Dorothy Globus, our curator of exhibitions, Elayne Rush, Associate Registrar, Matthew Cox, chief preparator and Eric Lindviet, who coordinates the construction, the exhibition starts to reveal itself. This seems to be a good point to record some random curatorial thoughts

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Sustainability and contemporary design in African countries

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On Monday, I attended a lecture on sustainability, design and entrepreneurship. The speakers talked about using indigenous resources in Africa. The event was hosted by the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University as a part of the third annual conference called Ecogram III: Africa. This particular talk was the fourth in the series of topics that relate to the cultural, social and economic implications of sustainability in architecture and other design processes.

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September, the January of the Art World

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Vogue editor Candy Price famously said that September was the "January" of the fashion world but it's true for every aspect of art previews right now. Want to see a sampling of just a few of the artists who will be included in GAP? In a few major cities you will find a handful of artists and artisans who will also be a part of The Global Africa Project opening this fall.

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i nice, thank you, merci: An Ongoing Dialogue about Art, Life and Building Bridges

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This posting was submitted by Janet Goldner a New York-based artist who has worked in Mali over the last 26 years. Her main contacts and collaborators are member of the Groupe Bogolan Kasobane who have been instrumental in reviving and preserving traditional Malian textile techniques and cultural objects particularly the clay slip painting known as "bogolan."

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Update on The Global Africa Project exhibition

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There’s lots going on this spring and summer at MAD with Dead or Alive opening officially on April 27th, Bespoke on May 13th and Abraaj 2010, scheduled for August 31st. In the midst of all this preparations for The Global Africa Project—to open on November 16, 2010—are progressing with great intensity.

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Abdul Koroma Interview

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Fashion designer Abdul Koroma was born and raised in Freetown Sierra Leone and educated in London. Koroma is co-owner of the London-based fashion house and design consultancy Modernist. The brand, which has shown its collection at London’s Fashion Week, is know for it’s clean lines and precise tailoring.

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Interview with Stephen Burks

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"Design Activist" would be the most appropriate way to describe American industrial designer Stephen Burks. This young multi-talented visionary, who has worked with some of the world’s most recognizable names in fashion and furniture industry, is changing the we way think about design - one idea at a time. By simultaneously using a top-down and a bottom-up approach he brings together the industrialized world’s gatekeepers of culture with traditional people in remote locales to create sustainable objects and symbiotic relationships.

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The Content of Design

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On Monday February 1, 2010 I ventured into the Javits Center here in New York City in the midst of the International Gift Fair. I was on a mission. I was meeting with Oumar Cisse (AKA Peace Corps Baba) from Mopti, Mali.

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Interview with Kossi Aguessy

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Togolese designer, Kossi Aguessy is best known for award winning design for the Stella McCartney perfume bottle. Aguessy who trained in industrial and interior design at Central St. Martins, has worked with Renault, Yves Saint Laurent, Cartier, Swarovski, St Dupont and Branex to create sleek, sensual objects that range from lighting to watches. A consummate artist, Aguessy has exhibited art, sculpture and furniture in Paris, Copehagen, Tokyo, Shanghai and Istanbul.

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From Bottle to Bead

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Suzanne Morlock is an artist who lives outside Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She is works in painting and more recently sculpture and installation involving more organic materials, paper and felt. Morlock has exhibited in the US and internationally. This posting is drawn from her experiences in the summer of 2009 with Cross Cultural Collaborative, Inc., Teshie/ Nungua, Ghana.

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