Pinakothek der Moderne, Architekturmuseum, Munich
– 19 August 2018
The touring exhibition “African Mobilities. This Is Not a Refugee Camp Exhibition” currently showing in Munich deals with migration, displacement and digital technology on the African continent from an architectural perspective.
How can architecture respond to the political, geographical and economic influences and complexity behind mobility in Africa? Ideas about the cities of this continent are visualised as archetypes for rapid transformation, new architectural typologies, infrastructures and technologies, and places of innovation.
Due to old and new political conflicts as well as economic and social changes, the continent of Africa is in constant flux, meaning that borders are continuously being (forcibly) redrawn and African populations on the move seek shelter in cities. Apart from the international refugee debate, “African Mobilities” deals with the domestic issue of migration and its challenges and opportunities. There is an urgent need to find architectural solutions that are adapted to demographic change, new infrastructures and the spread of modern technology, especially in the cities.
According to the website of the Architecture Museum, “‘African Mobilities’ proposes a transnational and interdisciplinary approach to architectural research and design”. Accompanying the exhibition, the website africanmobilities.de provides a digital summary of the most important content and initiators of the exhibition.