West Port Architects have been selected by the Victoria & Albert Museum to be the exhibition designers for the Africa Fashion exhibition!
West Port Architects (Studio 201) are going to be behind the design of the Africa Fashion exhibition at the V & A museum! Set to open at South Kensington in summer 2022, the exhibition is spread across two floors in the museums Fashion Gallery. The theme is Independence & Liberation, and Contemporary Creatives.
The brief is a complex one. How do you represent Africa, a rich and diverse continent of 54+ countries, too often stereotyped and ring-fenced into a singular narrative written by those from outwith its borders. For these very reasons West Port believe this exhibition is to be a uniquely important one. In light of the V&A’s unprecedented international draw and influence an opportunity like this is a rare and precious moment to shift any preconceived notions of Africa as the single-dimensioned ‘country ’. In this exhibition we look to support the V&A in its recognition of Africa’s multidimensional creative clout. A creative energy that in the face of much adversity, social and economic challenges, reaches far beyond its borders adding life to styles and style to life across 7 continents.
Working with We Are Pocc and Beam Lighting Design, West Port are honoured to be involved in what is set to be not just an important showcase of an incredible continent, but a blockbuster exhibition at the world’s greatest art and design museum.
A huge well done to you all – we cannot wait to go and see it!