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Ini Archibong Unveils “Pavilion of the African Diaspora”

February 9, 2021

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Comprised of three architectural follies inspired by the mythology of the conch and cowrie shells emerging from the sand, the Pavilion of the African Diaspora, designed by renowned luxury product designer Ini Archibong, is a sacred reimagining of the journey of African permanence and resources. The PoAD, an innovative multi-use educational and event facility designed for the London Design Biennale, is a sanctuary to tell our stories and create a reality where our voices are recognized and respected for the diversity of their timbre. Each structural folly of the PoAD is a symbolic gateway to the past, present, and future in the exploration of Reparations + Representations = Repair & Resonanceto energize our sail and carry us on our continued journey onward. The Pavilion of the African Diaspora is the debut initiative of the Archibong Heritage Foundation.


Related Press:

Dezeen, “Ini Archibong launches proposal to represent displaced Africans with Pavilion of the Diaspora at London Design Biennale,” June 12, 2020.

Disegno, “Ini Archibong proposes Pavilion of the Diaspora for the London Design Biennale,” June 15, 2020.

Wall Street Journal, “Designer Ini Archibong Reveals Inspiration Behind His Forthcoming London Biennale Installation,” February 5, 2021.

Wallpaper*, “Ini Archibong unveils Pavilion of the African Diaspora,” February 9, 2021.

Interior Design, “First Look at Ini Archibong’s Pavilion of the African Diaspora for London Design Biennale,” February 18, 2021.

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