The story of the African built environment is often told through historical perspectives of colonization and political crises, emphasizing the difficulties that African people have faced. Economic perspectives such as poverty, development and globalization also create stereotypes of the continent. Often missing from these are the transformations in space that result from daily and repeated use. These transformations emerge from ideas exchanged between people and their movements through their neighborhoods, cities, regions and countries. The quality of spaces that we may find will paint a complex picture of Africa.
Localizing Coordinates, an exhibition at Syracuse University’s Fisher Center in Midtown Manhattan, New York, examines spatial identities in Sub-Saharan Africa through images created by people in Africa. Through photographic and videographic contributions from local design professionals and students, this exhibition investigates how the built environment has registered change, giving those outside the region new understandings of spaces in Sub-Saharan Africa.
With your participation, our exhibition aims to develop an inclusive and diverse dialogue on design practice worldwide. The exhibition accompanies an international symposium titled Aesthetics and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Accepted work will be exhibited at the Fisher Center from February 15 – March 15, 2016 and at www.gacollaborative.org.