The Willson Center will partner with the High Museum in Atlanta to host a conversation with photographer Zanele Muholi and curator Amelie Klein of the Vitra Design Museum in Germany. The event is in conjunction with Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, an exhibit curated by Klein on display at the High Museum from October 15, 2017–January 7, 2018.
The High Museum of Art will be the first venue in the United States to present this major touring exhibition, which offers a fresh look at African design through a myriad of diverse works by more than 120 artists. Ranging from playful to provocative to political, the works include sculpture, prints, fashion, furniture, film, photography, apps, maps, digital comics, and more. The exhibition offers a vision of Africa in the twenty-first century as a place of unbounded optimism, rapid growth, and massive cultural transformation and presents the continent as a hub of experimentation that generates innovative design approaches and solutions with worldwide relevance. Making Africa focuses on a generation of entrepreneurs, thinkers, and designers from and within Africa who address a global audience and provide the world with a new vantage point on their continent. The exhibition also illustrates how the artists use their work to effect significant economic, social, and political change.