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Eid al-Adha. Date: 31 July 2021. Location: Embu, Kenya
Credits: Aisha Mugo
Afaina de Jong, Abdé Batchati, Aisha Mugo, Margarida Waco and Khensani Jurczok-de Klerk (left to right) Credits: Matri-Archi(tecture)

As part of the Rotunda Project 2023/24, the architects from Matri-Archi(tecture) are bringing their own and others’ experiences of life in the diaspora to Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne. According to the museum, the focus is on “the construction of belonging far from home and the question of identity”. For the installation „Homeplace“, which can be seen from 9 December to 24 March 2024, Matri-Archi(tecture) wants to use assemblages of textiles, sound and narratives to design the rotunda as a place for critical reflection on the spatial expression of living and home. The exhibition has three parts: To create a transparent area and an intimate atmosphere in the rotunda, an expansive beaded curtain extends from the dome to the ground floor. The installation is complemented by a soundscape based on a series of voices from the diaspora that explores ideas of living and home. Homeplace” will also be opened with an “Imbizo” (Zulu: gathering), which will activate the installation during the vernissage.

Matri-Archi(tecture) is an association comprising a network of interdisciplinary spatial practitioners “dedicated to the development of African spatial education and providing a space for artistic collaboration through design, art and architectural research projects”. As “a constellation of multidisciplinary spatial practitioners”, Matri-Archi(tecture) “recognises the value of collaboration across multiple worlds and worldviews” and works “together in various African and European cities”. The organisation has exhibited at the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein (2021), the Chicago Architecture Biennale (2021) and Nairobi Design Week (2019), among others. In 2021, Matri-Archi(tecture) won the “Best New Practices” award of the architecture platform “Archdaily”; in 2022, the group was highlighted in the magazine Arch+ for its contemporary feminist spatial practice. The group was also represented in the exhibition “Building Africa: The State of Things!” in Johannesburg in August 2023.

Afaina de Jong (architect, scientist and head of the MA Contextual Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven. and head of the MA Contextual Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven), Abdé Batchati (architecture student at the TU in Munich), Aisha Mugo (scientist and film photographer from Mombasa, Kenya), Margarida Waco (architect, author and lecturer at the Royal College of Art) and Khensani Jurczok-de Klerk (architect from Johannesburg and founder of Matri-Archi(tecture)). A newspaper will be published for the opening.

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