The other side of Africa

Africa, through the eyes of architect David Adjaye, presents some interesting insights into the continent’s built environment.

From the Series

David Adjaye’s  photographic exhibition, African Metropolitan Architecture, at Gallery MOMO in Parktown, Johannesburg, is the culmination of his personal quest through Africa to explore the salient features of African cities.

The exhibition aims to address the scant knowledge of Africa’s cities, with its suburban settlements, unofficial developments and often-crowded townscapes. Adjaye’s photographs offer a glimpse into the inner-workings of various cities, buildings and places that have a particular appeal to Adjaye’s architectural side.

Much of Adjaye’s work challenges the much-held notion of an Africa characterised by poverty, war and underdevelopment. His work documents contemporary urban life on the African continent while also offering a geo-cultural profile of various cities.

The exhibition runs from 30 September to 25 October 2010.


Watch the Talk with David Adjaye