They are both self-taught and have been conquering the international scene with their daring, outspoken and political designs: Zimbabwean artist, graphic designer and activist Sindiso Nyoni and the Rotterdam based fashion designer and dancer Odair Pereira, founder of DAIR design. At Afrovibes these two creative and activist artists meet on stage for the first time. How do they move as independent artists between activism and the commercial market? Can you be a socially engaged and activist artist and simultaneously work for commercial enterprises and corporations?
This programme is part of The Afrovibes festival. Would like to attend The Afrovibes performance: La Dernière Danse du Monarque as well? Buy your Combi-Ticket here.
17:00 Afrovibes Talk: Between art, activism & advertising
20.30 Afrovibes performance: La Dernière Danse du Monarque
About the speakers
Sindiso Nyoni is featured guest of this year´s Afrovibes festival. He participated in art exhibitions worldwide and also works for big clients like Nike, Adidas and FIFA. His work has been shown in New York, London, Berlin, The Vitra Design Museum in Germany, Guggenheim Bilbao Museum and Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City among others. As a designer, he designed for brands such as Hennesy, Caltex, Penguin Random House and Stella Artois. His Guerilla(art) is a subversive African ´street´ style that combines traditional and digital media and tackles some of Africa´s most pressing issues.
Odair Pereira is an award-winning fashion designer, a stylist for international stars and a creative entrepreneur. More than 10 years ago he founded DAIR design, a couture inspired by high end fashion line. He presented his collections at the Fashion Week in Paris, New York and in Los Angeles.
One of my favourite Martin Luther King Jr quotes is “A riot is the language of the unheard”. The link to social activism is what denotes my “African” design aestheticSindiso Nyoni in ZAM Magazine