Limbo Accra talks about African creativity through a series of profiles
In a series of profiles with Ghana’s spatial design studio Limbo Accra, we meet its extensive network of collaborators and celebrate the creativity of Africa and its diaspora.
Over the past year, Ghana’s spatial design studio Limbo Accra has had a series of conversations with Wallpaper * in Africa and its diaspora, engaging with creative practitioners who inspire the studio. From the democratization of architectural perspectives with food century Gerald’Corp’Cooper to the challenging design paradigm with Tawanda Chiweche in Alaska Alaska, and the next generation of African designers by Nifemi Marcus-Bello at Nmbello Studio. From empowerment to discussions about the territory of the city, artist Ibiye Camp; this is a series celebrating the creativity of the continent and beyond Africa.
June 19 (June), Leimert Park, California (left). And RIGOS # 6: Burbank, CA (right). Photo: Food Century
Hood Century is an online platform founded by Jerald’Coop’ Cooper in 2019. The project was conceived as a space to combine black culture with modernist architecture and record mid-century discoveries from Coop’s childhood neighborhood in Cincinnati. In doing so, the platform quickly became a starting point for unpacking myriad themes, exploring the crossroads of archiving, education, and activity in urban conservation. Coop and Dominique Petit-Frère, founders of Ghana-based pioneering space practice Limbo Accra, experienced a common interest in the environment constructed and how it was experienced through the lenses and perspectives of Africa and its diaspora. Connected by Ruka. The results of their collaboration will be shaped by a new architectural initiative unfolding in Accra at the end of the year. As a black man, co-ops often feel disillusioned when navigating the design space. “We love architecture and design, but we want to feel like we can get involved,” he says. ‘Why is the dominant method of presentation [art] In a white gallery? What if black art had never been created for that space? ” read more
Tawanda Chiweshe Alaska, Alaska
This work presents an image linked to the farm of Tawanda Chiweche’s late grandmother. ‘She built [it] Through bartering with the community, from scratch, “he says. “In addition to what the spirit and farm that led to its development represent in my identity, her instinctive approach to consideration and composition, palettes and archetypes is an forever source of inspiration for me.” Image: Artwork by ALASKA ALASKA c / oTawanda Chiweshe
Tawanda Chiweshe is Alaska’s “Creative Navigator”, Designer and Studio Director, a London-based interdisciplinary design practice founded by Virgil Abloh. The studio was set up as a space to develop the talents of young individuals in the industry, giving them the opportunity to change their careers and, in doing so, empowering a new wave of black design innovators. Chiweshe and Limbo Accra’s Dominique Petit-Frère were brought together through the development of Freedom Skate Park, Ghana’s first recreational skate park. But their connection goes beyond this. They share a philosophy of “the power of the design community”, accidental connections, and the importance of using them to create concrete design solutions. Chiweshe is a fairly “instinctive” process in the world of design, as Jerald’Coop’ Cooper, founder of the digital platform Hood Century, commented on the power of language in design in a previous article in this series. We recognize that we often exclude people from. He argues that Alaska confronts these barriers by “empowering him to express his thoughts in words,” and then “empowers those in his orbit to do the same.” There is. read more
What started out as an industrial design studio has now expanded into several design disciplines that operate throughout Lagos and even farther away, with Marcus-Bello receiving the “Life Enhancer of Year” at the Wallpaper * Design Awards 2021. From the studio’s recent collaboration with Limbo Accra-from Scott House’s activation site to the co-design competition “Africa-Designer Utopia”, both creative practices have been positioned as pioneers of contemporary design for people inside and outside the African Continent. It is inspiring. After years of working in telecommunications as a designer, Marcus-Bello was urged to start his own design studio in 2017. He realized that “we have the power to produce products on the continent and consume them ourselves.” Despite the warning of production restrictions in Africa, Marcus Bello believes that there are many restrictions that people avoid. [but] There are many opportunities [in them]’. read more
Ibie Camp Area snap device (data: new black gold)
Ibiye Camp is an interdisciplinary artist and lecturer at the Royal College of Arts (RCA) in London. Her work in the camp with her Nigerian mother and British father reflects her upbringing, straddling the binary of her identity. In addition, she grew up against the backdrop of London’s East Street Market and found that the camp was “looking for Nigeria” at “a stall selling plantain, yam, scotch bonnet, lace, and Dutch wax prints.” Textiles, market stalls, labor themes in public spaces. The camp reflects that she was “always interested in architecture.” She applied for a master’s degree in architecture from RCA. This was drawn to the opportunity to explore social and architectural crossroads across myriad media. Camp investigated data centers with a keen interest in technology, “how the structure of imperialism affects Internet access in Africa.” She began using photogrammetry, scanning moments of data exchange in places such as the Barogon Market in Lagos, and better documenting space in a way that “represents the actions that occur within the space.” read more