Opening – Connecting Afro Futures. Fashion x Hair x Design

Fri 23.08.2019 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Join us for the opening of the exhibition Connecting Afro Futures. Fashion x Hair x Design at the Kunstgewerbemuseum – Berlin’s Museum of Decorative Arts. A new generation of African fashion designers are rethinking “African fashion”. An empowered self-image and a home-grown aesthetic is being presented – challenging and side-stepping (neo)colonial thought patterns and beauty norms.

Connecting Afro Futures. Fashion x Hair x Design presents contemporary fashion and hair design from Uganda, Senegal and Benin. For the first time, the Museum of Decorative Arts is showing the work of designers and artists exclusively from Africa and the African Diaspora: Lamula Nassuna, Bull Doff, Meschac Gaba, José Hendo, Njola, Adama Paris, Ken Aicha Sy, Tondo Clothing and Diana Ejaita. The designers and artists received carte blanche to transform their visions of African fashion and hair into installations.

For the opening, we are putting together an interactive programme for you: In the exhibition’s Afro Hair District there will be a Live Braiding Session with Awa Kaloga and Mariama Faye from NYA – Braid Bar & Salon. In addition, the fashion installation by designer Adama Paris will be brought to life.

For your tastebuds: The catering will feature both East African and West African specialties, a highlight being Bananas&Breads by Trèsor Pembele promising “Berlin’s Best Banana Bread”.

For your earbuds: DJ PAM BAM (Accra / Berlin) and DJ Mo Lateef (Maputo / Berlin) will be bringing their record cases and selecting Old School, New School and Future beats for your listening pleasure. Expect Afrobeats, Afrohouse and a bit of RnB and Afro Soul in the mix.

The exhibition curators: Claudia Banz (Kunstgewerbemuseum), Cornelia Lund (fluctuating images) and Beatrace Oola (Fashion Africa Now).

Supported by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation