Course Overview

The Fold is a seven-week online course structured around the fold as both tactile materiality and conceptual metaphor, supported by an exchange of readings, dialogues and creative exchanges. The course draws on key debates and hosts a collective exploration of (k)new knowledges, afro-sustainable practices, and ways of coming to know African fashion histories and futures. It responds to a demand by designers, artists, academics and decolonial thinkers seeking spaces and ways to develop new discourses for and with African fashion.

Structure 7 x online live sessions with pan-African convenors on Zoom
Small learning cohorts of 15-20 per course
4 x per year provisionally starting April; June; September; November
Dates & times are convened to suit the collective cohort
7 x 1 hour contact sessions
7 x 3-4 hours of preparation/reading/reflection time
One final (summative) creative/academic output
No prior qualifications required, rather a dynamic engagement with questions ofafrocentric fashion practices, knowledges and futures.
To be announced
Session 1: Introductions / Positionalities. Facilitator: Erica de Greef
Session 2: Imiphindo kwaXhosa: Ukugotywa kweelwimi (Linguistic folds). Facilitator: Siviwe James
Session 3: How Do You Wear Your Memory: Memory as Material. Facilitator: Liz Kobusinge
Session 4: “BARK PRACTICE” Use of ecological indigenous practices in contemporary art making. Facilitator: Sheila Nakitende
Session 5 : A Journey Towards an Afrocentric Pattern-Making System. Facilitator: Lesiba Mabitsela
Session 6: Glossaries. Destabilising meaning-making with critical/speculative/queering methodologies. Facilitator: heeten bhagat.
Session 7: Alternative Approaches

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For institutional offers and opportunities, please email erica@afri.digital