David Adjaye: Urban Africa

Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA, United States
26 Oct 2016 - 02 Apr 2017

David Adjaye: Urban Africa

Over the course of 10 years, internationally acclaimed architect David Adjaye, conducted a photographic survey of buildings in 53 cities across Africa. Concerned that so little is known of African architecture and eager to start a dialogue about it, he produced African Metropolitan Architecture 2000-2011, a five-volume publication featuring photographs, maps, research, and essays.

Adjaye embarked on this African journey without guides, simply arriving in each city and asking a taxi driver to show him around.

In connection with David Adjaye’s exhibition there will be a screening of “This Building Will Sing for All of Us” and “Collaborations” by Oliver Hardt in MoAD’s Toni Rembe theatre.


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The first feature length documentary on the work of British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye, “Collaborations” features interviews with Adjaye’s collaborators, a roster of influential figures in the art and cultural world, and examines a significant number of his architectural projects, including public buildings, residential houses, artist studios and exhibition spaces globally situated and developed over the past fifteen years.

“This building will sing for all of us” shows the making of the landmark building on the National Mall, which opened in September 2016. The film dives into the creative process and reveals details about the design, the construction and the historical background of the $500 million dollar project. The plot of land at the end of the National Mall where the museum is currently built next to the Washington Monument, also plays a central role in the documentary. It is a site where the past, present, and future of American society cross. In 1963 the famous March on Washington began here, ending at the Lincoln memorial with Martin Luther King’s stirring “I have a dream” speech.

British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.
A Film by Oliver Hardt
Germany 2013, Digital HD video, 28:40 min.
© signature films 2013




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