Africa Rising

Showcasing Africa’s young creatives alongside more established artists

A new wave of African creatives have been on the rise. They are making a name for themselves in fashion, photography, design and architecture on the African continent and abroad.

Published by Gestalten, Africa Rising documents this phenomenon. It provides a comprehensive portrait of creative Africa, looking at examples such as Peter Mabeo’s furniture, which is made from indigenous wood, or Nobukho Nqaba’s photography that handles themes of migration and alienating through the use of everyday objects. There is also work by the Ghanian British architect David Adjaye, fashion designer Selly Raby Kane, and producer Spoek Mathambo.

The book includes essays from experts and artisans. It is co-edited by Design Indaba, a multifaceted design platform that holds an annual conference in Cape Town, South Africa.