Paris, 17 September 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA).
From 10 October 2012 to 14 July 2013, the Dapper museum will present the exhibition “Design en Afrique, s’asseoir, se coucher et rêver” (Design in Africa, To Sit, Lay and Dream), thus revealing, through a hundred pieces, a world devoted to all artefacts that support the body. The release insists on the objects’ design: a stool, a chair, an armchair or a headrest. This design has been and is marked by how those who use them live, and their status.
In order to nurture their thought, many artists choose to revisit everyday life in Subsaharian African societies, keeping count of the world’s sollicitations as well. For instance, in 1990, two Gabonese designers, Christian Ndong Menzamet –born in 1959─ and Antonio Pépin –born in 1956─ created a bookcase named “ngil”. The upper part of the piece is adorned by two great cylindric, hollowed eyes and imposing horns on the head.
Christiane Falgayrettes-Leveau, the curator of “Design in Africa, To Sit, Lay and Dream”, designed it not in order to the confront the old and the new, but in order to try and show how everyday needs have always stimulated inventiveness. The art of design, open to such methods –as assemblage─ and frequently using them in other forms of plastic expression, favours thus the emergence of new aesthetics, often in an original dialogue with traditional cultures