The Fashion Africa Now Podcast ignites interesting conversations with designers, creatives, historians, researchers, fashion players and industry experts on what fashion in African is today, systematically digging into its past and more importantly, shaping its future.
Shift African Aesthetics Into Design Spaces: Dr. Cornelia Lund
Meet the art, media and design theorist, curator and co-director of Fluctuating Images, a platform for media art and design, Dr. Cornelia Lund. Well-travelled and versed in the art and design world, Lund’s academic perspective and articulation substantiates and encourages validation of non-Eurocentric and Anglocentric theories and practices within the art and design framework. Lund’s intriguing analysis on recent contemporary African art trends explores music, art and design production; noticing the younger generation take up the notions of ‘post-coloniality’, reflecting African traditions, practices, techniques, and spirituality that may have been suppressed through colonialism, and combining this with a global sensibility. This has resulted in a “fresh aesthetic” and a strong global afro-centric move. Recently our host, Beatrace, has joined Lund as guest lecturer at the University of the Arts Bremen for the Deconstructing Colonialism course. Their collaborative work also goes further back to the design exhibition, Connecting Afro Futures: Fashion X Hair X Design at the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin. Lund describes this as a “revolution”, shifting African aesthetics into design spaces from ethnographical environments.