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ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)

ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), Stuttgart, Germany,, is the institute for cultural  andinternational relations. It promotes art and cultural exchange in exhibitions, dialogue and conferenceprograms. As a competence centre for international cultural and educational policy, ifa networks and connects civil societies, cultural practices, art, media and science. It initiates, moderates and documents discussions on international cultural relations. ifa is a non-profit organization.

Exhibition Pure Gold. Upcycled! Upgraded!

As part of the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) 100th anniversary celebrations, the co-creative exhibition format Pure Gold. Upcycled! Upgraded!  was opened at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg. The exhibition in Hamburg will be the start of a ten-year tour of 20 venues worldwide.

The exhibition, devised by Volker Albus, designer and professor at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design, ran from 15 September 2017 until 21 January 2018. Devoted to the subject of waste, Pure Gold presents approaches for processing material to create a product of greater value. The focus is on current international design trends that discuss the treatment of these waste and/or cheap materials. The ifa has structured the exhibition as an innovative co-creative format. Curators from a total of seven regions present 53 designers with 76 pieces relating to this theme: Volker Albus, Frankfurt (for Europe), Adélia Borges, São Paulo (for Latin America), Tapiwa Matsinde, London (for sub-Saharan Africa), Divia Patel, London (for South Asia), Bahia Shehab, Cairo (for North Africa/Middle East), Eggarat Wongcharit, Bangkok (for Southeast Asia) and Zhang Jie, Beijing (for East Asia). After Hamburg the exhibition will move to Southeast Asia, making stops in Bangkok, Yangon, Hanoi and Manila.

In addition, Axel Kufus, designer and professor at the Berlin University of the Arts will be offering a digital platform which, extending beyond the exhibition itself, will serve as a growing repository of knowledge and a network for the international maker scene.

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