'Picture Africa' exhibition at Decorex

'Picture Africa' includes work by leading African photographers, top South African fashionistas, and innovative textile designers from all over Africa.


This must-see exhibition will be showcased at the two 100% Design South Africa events scheduled for 2016. The first of these events is the 100% Textiles pavilion, presented in association with renowned furniture brand Southern Hospitality, which is set to be a highlight of upcoming Decorex Cape Town from 29 April to 2 May 2016. 'Picture Africa' then travels to Gauteng, where it will be on show at 100% Design South Africa 2016, to be held from 5 to 10 August 2016.

'Picture Africa' is a progressive, vibrant, and even riotous display of African creativity that joyously outlines the vital interrelation of photography and textiles on the African continent. It’s a forward-thinking exhibition that not only focuses on how Africa’s fabulous fabrics and photos inform a singular and globally celebrated visual identity; but also, how we are forging ahead to form the look of the future.

Visitors to 'Picture Africa' can expect a vibrant amalgamation of the joyous, clashing and colourful textiles of our colourful continent and the vibrant street and studio photography that encapsulates the spirit and energy of contemporary African life.

Curated by the influential Cathy O’Clery of Platform Creative Agency, 'Picture Africa' is a significant exhibition that boldly celebrates the relationship between photography, textiles and fashion as seen through a pan-African lens. While the show features photography from the continent’s finest image-makers alongside textile designs from designers and manufacturers associated with the African continent, the wealth of contributors also extends to bloggers, image-makers, artisans and fashion leaders. Expect a dazzling amalgamation of creative thought!

This kaleidoscopic exploration of contemporary African visual culture asks viewers to examine how two powerful media could merge to create a new aesthetic offering in the form of fresh textile designs. All-new, collaborative print patterns conceived by O’Clery will be on show and available to purchase. Many of these arresting new fabrics will adorn chairs from Southern Hospitality that all form part of the display.

Decorex Cape Town is open from 10am to 7pm on 29 April to 1 May 2016 and 10am to 6pm on 2 May 2016. Ticket prices are R85 for adults, R75 for trade, pensioners and students and R20 for children. Entrance to the show allows entry to 100% Textiles and the 'Picture Africa' exhibition.


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