Exhibition 2018 African Mobilities. This is not a Refugee Camp Exhibition Shanty Megastruktur Olalekan Jeyifous
Shanty Megastructure
© Olalekan Jeyifous
Exhibition 2018 African Mobilities. This is not a Refugee Camp Exhibition Shanty Megastruktur Olalekan Jeyifous
Shanty Megastructure
© Olalekan Jeyifous
Exhibition 2018 African Mobilities. This is not a Refugee Camp Exhibition Wohnhaus Mariam Kamara Niamey Niger
Housing in Niamey, Niger, by Mariam Kamara
Photo: Mariam Kamara
Exhibition 2018 African Mobilities. This is not a Refugee Camp Exhibition Elvis Kampala Joel Ongwech Doreen Adengo
Elvis in his 3x3 meter fabric stall in Kampala, Uganda
© Joel Ongwech and Doreen Adengo, Adengo Architects
Exhibition 2018 African Mobilities. This is not a Refugee Camp Exhibition Afro-Imaginaries, fiktive Studentenarbeit Global Africa Lab Harare Studio Columbia University Simba Mafundikwa
Afro-Imaginaries, speculative student work produced in Global Africa Lab, Harare Studio (2017), Columbia University
© Simba Mafundikwa 
Exhibition 2018 African Mobilities. This is not a Refugee Camp Exhibition Shanty Studienfahrt Olalekan Jeyifous Olawale Lawal Makoko Canal Lagos Oluwapelumi Andikan Edwin
Olalekan Jeyifous and Olawale Lawal on Makoko canal study tour, Makoko, Lagos
Photo: Oluwapelumi "Andikan" Edwin

African MobilitiesApril 26, 2018 – August 19, 2018 | Opening: April 25, 2018, 7 p.m.

This is not a Refugee Camp Exhibition

At a time when international borders are being violently redrawn, maintained and policed, and domestic territories are increasingly implicated with accelerated geo-political re-alignments and capitalist circuits of extraction, this exhibition seeks to explore how architecture responds to the complexity of African Mobilities - beyond the figure of the refugee. African cities are reconsidered as sites of innovation, rapid transformations, new architectural typologies, infrastructures and technologies.

African Mobilities is not concerned exclusively with the architecture of the refugee camp. Instead, it seeks to explore how cities and towns might become sites of refuge for African populations on the move, while simultaneously reckoning with the ways in which colonial geographies of extraction are enfolded within seemingly new zones of resource extraction.

The project aims to rethink the geography of African migrations and the challenges and opportunities they pose for doing architecture and urbanism differently: through an exploration of architectures at the intersection of migration, displacement and digital technology. The exhibition is conceptualized as a space, a conference, a digital publication/website and a mobile pedagogical platform that connects 14 diverse locations through workshops and master classes: Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Addis Ababa, Munich, Luanda, Abidjan, Lagos, New York, Dakar, Nairobi, London, Lubumbashi, and Praia.

African Mobilities proposes a trans-national and interdisciplinary approach to architectural research and design, showing both current work and creative research-driven work that offer future possible urban scenarios and architectural prototypes, brought about by a world in motion.

The exhibition is a collaboration between Architekturmuseum der TU München and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and is curated by Dr. Mpho Matsipa (Wits City Institute). This initiative is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. The project was developed with the support of the Goethe-Institut which will also aid the exhibition's planned tour on the African continent.

A website will accompany the exhibition: www.africanmobilities.org

Curator | Mpho Matsipa
Exhibition design | Wolff Architects, Kapstadt
Graphic design | Bubblegum Club, Johannesburg
Sponsors | Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Förderverein des Architekturmuseums der TU München, Goethe-Institut

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