© Daniel Håkansson for Readymade Projects
New York-based industrial designer Stephen Burks has been collaborating closely with artisans and crafts people from Senegal, South Africa, Peru, and India. His work merges high-end design work with local traditions, highlighting the positive side-effects of globalisation – to impact more meaningfully as opposed to destructively vis-a-vis local cultures. The processes of making things are, in this context, turned into a celebration of traditional cultures and savoir-faire that are often waiting to be discovered in other parts of the world.
Man Made is Burks first solo exhibition in New York and will take place at the Studio Museum in Harlem from March 31 to June 26 2011. The exhibition will unfold as a workshop involving local weavers and artisans. Photographic and video installations of Burks’ travels will also be showcased alongside drawings and prototypes.