Connecting Afro Futures. Fashion x Hair x Design – the exhibition at the Kunstgewerbemuseum – Berlin’s Museum of Decorative Arts from 24th August – 1st December 2019 is not the only outcome of the multistage project that started with a week-long collaborative workshop in Berlin in November 2018 and included two project stations in Dakar and Kampala.

A magalog – a fashion magazine and exhibition catalog in one – also titled Connecting Afro Futures. Fashion x Hair x Design was published with Kerber Verlag in time for the exhibition opening.

In addition to fashion editorials and visual stories, the magalog contains essays, statements and interviews on and around afro futures and fashion, hair and design in African and diasporic contexts. The publication was edited and produced by the exhibition’s curators: Claudia Banz – Kunstgewerbemuseum, Cornelia Lund – fluctuating images and Beatrace Angut Oola – Fashion Africa Now.

The magalog expands on topics explored in the project and presented in the exhibition, with contributions from Jaquee, Sunny Dolat & Njoki Ngumi, Noliwe Rooks, Marite Tshani, Cheikha Sigil, Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo, Jacqueline Shaw, Lamula Anderson of Lamula Nassuna, BULL DOFF, Meschac Gaba & Simon Njami, José Hendo, NJOLA Impressions & Helena Allen, Adama Paris, Ken Aïcha Sy, TONDO Clothing, Mazzi Odu, Tapiwa Matsinde, Natasha A. Kelly, Mwangi Hutter, Serubiri Moses, Nadine Hounkpatin, Tamar Clarke-Brown & Isaac Kariuki, Rima Sium, D. Denenge Duyst-Akpem and Maseho.

Fashion Africa Now organised fashion shoots during the project trips to Dakar and Kampala to create two fashion editorials for the magalog. The fashion shoots also connected fashion industry professionals in the two cities. The teams were as follows:

#Dakar: Photographer: Aldi Diasse | Photo Assistant: Richard Kader De Meidoros | Creative Direction & Styling: Beatrace Angut Oola – Fashion Africa Now | Hair & Makeup: Aida Ndiaye | Model: Lena Gueye | Fashion Designers: Adama Paris, Bélya, Diarrablu, So’ Fatoo, Algueye, Nomade’s, Nio Far by Milcos & Sophie Zinga.

#Kampala: Photographer: Papa Shabani Photography aka Papashotit | Creative Production: Sam Akena Odongpiny | Production Assistant: Nancy Adokober | Creative Direction: Beatrace Angut Oola – Fashion Africa Now | Styling: Monish Tondo | Hair: Tshani Marithe, Makeup: Mwatsi | Models: Danielle Okia, Kanapata & Emma | Fashion Designers: GLORIA WAVAMUNNO, EGUANA Kampala, Beky’s Apparel & TONDO clothing, NJOLA Impressions | Jewelry: Embody Accessories.

>>> Get your copy of the magalog Connecting Afro Futures. Fashion x Hair x Design – at the Kunstgewerbemuseum or order online: kerberverlag.com.


Connecting Afro Futures. Fashion x Hair x Design

Funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation / Gefördert im Fonds TURN der Kulturstiftung des Bundes

Project Partners / Projektpartner: Kunstgewerbemuseum / Museum of Decorative Arts, Berlin; fluctuating images, Berlin; Fashion Africa Now, Hamburg; Goethe-Zentrum Kampala; Ugandan Arts Trust, Kampala; Wakh’Art, Dakar.