Omar Victor Diop

Making Africa: portraits of a dynamic continent

Could the world be waking up to Africa as a place at the cutting edge of contemporary design, fashion and art? A new exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany puts the spotlight on creatives working across many disciplines in Africa and making a powerful case for the continent as the next hotspot for innovative global design. The exhibition includes the architecture of Francis Kéré, David Adjaye and Kunlé Adeyemi, plus the arresting images of cardboard city models by Bodys Isek Kingelez. Photographers, furniture designers and artists have all been selected for their credentials as digital natives, looking outwards from an energetic scene at home towards a global future. Our stand-out part of the exhibition is the work of photographer Omar Victor Diop. His ‘The Studio of Vanities’ project saw him photographing dozens of cultural creators from across Africa, from fashion designers to chefs, DJs and bloggers, in a series of ‘collaborative portraits’ celebrating the many faces and facets of both traditional and 21st century African style.

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Aminata Faye – model

Omar Victor Diop

Adama Paris – fashion designer

Omar Victor Diop

Joel Adama Gueye – singer, composer, model

Omar Victor Diop

Mariama Toure – journalist

Omar Victor Diop

Khady Niang – make-up artist

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Mame Diarra Niang – visual artist

All images by Omar Victor Diop. Making Africa is on at the Vitra Design Museum until September 2015


Ros Anderson

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Ros Anderson is an interiors journalist and blogger who has worked for The Guardian, Elle Decoration, Ideal Home and many more. In 2009 she co-founded cult interiors blog My Friend's House with Jill Macnair, as a place to write about design in a more honest, spontaneous and humorous way.


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