African Mobilities exhibition

African Mobilities exhibition 14.7.-9.10.2020 © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Tue, 14.07.2020 -
Fri, 09.10.2020


The African Mobilities exhibition, originally planned to be shown at Johannesburg Art Gallery, has been transformed into a digital series of exchanges that will start on 14 July 2020.

The exhibition explores how architecture responds to the complexities of migration and the circulation of people, ideas, resources and aesthetics – both in physical space and in spaces of imagination. 

The exhibition, curated by Dr Mpho Matsipa (University of the Witwatersrand), comes out of two years of workshops with architects, city planners, film-makers, artists, social scientists and authors from fourteen different locations in Africa and the diaspora. With a focus on migration and architecture in a world that was rapidly changing already before the Covid-19 pandemic, the exhibition has now been adapted to fit a digital world with new digital publics.

As a series of podcasts and live-streamed talks, the exhibition continues to deal with the intricacies of African lives on the move, within cities, across geopolitical territories, while being aware of the changed realities in 2020. In order to create a meaningful connection and exchange on the topics, the content is suitably designed for mobile users. 

The African Mobilities exhibition traveling the African continent from 2019 to 2021, is made possible through support of the Goethe-Institut, the School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand and  Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research and Other Universals - an Andrew  Mellon funded research network that spans  across the Global South.
The African Mobilities exhibition was developed in collaboration between Architekturmuseum der TUM, Munich, and the University of the Witwatersrand,
South Africa, held at the Architekturmuseum der TUM. The original initiative was funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation in partnership with the Goethe-Institut.

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Jonas Radunz
PR Officer, Goethe-Institut
+27 11 537 2978,
Dr Mpho Matsipa
+27 78 813 8222 or

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