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South African craft and design to feature at top international exhibition

Wednesday, 20 March 2019  
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The CDI is proud to announce that we will be showcasing a selection of top South African craft and design at one of the world’s most prestigious exhibitions, Révélations, 
from 23rd to 26th May 2019 in Paris, France. 

This is the first occasion that South Africa will be represented at the biennial.

 

The CDI has partnered with South African-based French Curator Sophie Ferrand-Hazard and has made a selection of 10 designers and makers from the wealth of talent South Africa has to offer.

 

Révélations, held under the glass vault of the Grand Palais in Paris, is an international biennial of contemporary craft and creation. Its previous edition had over 40 000 visitors and exhibitors from just 16 selected countries. It featured 400 creators, 14 conferences, and attracted over 600 attending journalists. The biennial is organised by Ateliers d'Art de France and positioned as the global epicentre of fine crafts.


The participants for each biennial are carefully selected by an Artistic Steering Committee, who focus on original top-quality works that “pave the way towards new creative dimensions”. This committee comprises highly qualified professionals from the fine craft sector, architecture, galleries, luxury manufacturers and the press.

 

Drawing on the CDI vast network of members, and together with Fernand-Hazard’s knowledge of the French and European markets, the team presented a range of individual pieces that secured the approval of the Revelations judging panel.

 

“This is a truly prestigious honour for South Africa, and our local craft and design sector. Exhibiting meant proposing to a select international panel; and being chosen is a testament to our high levels of originality and innovation, and the quality of product we have in South Africa,” said Erica Elk, Executive Director of the CDI.


“The craft and design sector provides a means for South Africans to explore their creative talents and innovation. As such, it has the ability to provide differentiation in the international marketplace and unlock competitiveness,” added Elk.

 

“Its value is not only in economic terms, though. Through our products we explore our heritage, identity and values, and through these international opportunities we share our African values to the world.”

 

Research from the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) showed recently that world flows of cultural trade doubled between 2003 and 2014, despite the 2008/9 financial crisis which resulted in many countries suffering a recession. South Africa’s cultural goods exports are growing faster than imports, with the Visual Arts and Crafts domain the significant driver of this trend. Internationally, the research says the creative economy is now recognised as one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy.

 

More on Révélations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi2sboC44y4

https://www.revelations-grandpalais.com/en/

 

 


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