News Archive

05.21
140 Artists’ Ideas for Planet Earth
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As part of Serpentine’s Back to Earth project and in collaboration with Penguin Press, 140 artists, scientists, architects, filmmakers and more contribute ideas to a ‘do-it-yourself’ guide on how to shape a more ecological and equitable future.
05.21
Exhibition: Liminal Identities in the Global South, JCAF
Liminal Identities in the Global South
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Opens:
29 June 2021- 29 January 2022
Joburg Contemporary Art Foundation
Exploring the political and pandemic body, through concepts of hybridity and resistance in the artistic practices of seminal women artists and architects.
05.21
Serpentine Pavilion 11 Jun — 17 Oct 2021
Serpentine Pavilion 2021 designed by Counterspace
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The 20th Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Johannesburg-based practice Counterspace, directed by Sumayya Vally, will open on 11 June 2021. A TIME100 Next List honoree, Vally is the youngest architect to be commissioned for this internationally renowned architecture programme.
04.21
Wallpaper* Sumayya Vally on her Serpentine Pavilion
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Counterspace is the fast-emerging South African architectural practice commissioned to create the latest Serpentine Pavilion in London. Here, its founder Sumayya Vally takes artist and photographer Mikhael Subotzky on a whistle-stop tour of their adopted hometown, Johannesburg
04.21
Hour #25: Starting an Architecture Office w/ Sumayya Vally
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Join us on Thursday, April 8 at 12pm ET noon / 9am PT / 6pm SAST for an open discussion and interactive Q&A for BIPOC students and emerging designers about how Sumayya started Counterspace and her advice to those interested in architectural and spatial forms of social and political engagement.
03.21
Lesley Lokko + Sumayya Vally, Counterparts: This Fragile Condition
Lesley Lokko + Sumayya Vally, Counterparts:
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A dialogue on race, gender, identity, and difference.
March 30, 2021
03.21
‘Choreography of a Procession’ for e-flux Architecture
From behind the barricaded fence of blue dress uniforms and riot shields, they sing the Amakomanisi struggle song" Ubaba wami wayengumfana wasengadini, umama wayeyintombazane yasekhishini, yingakho ngingumKhomanisi " ("My father was a garden boy, my mother was a kitchen girl, and that’s why I am a communist!"). Sumayya Vally, Choreography of a Procession , 2021.
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Confinement is a collaborative exhibition curated by gta exhibitions and e-flux Architecture, supported by the Adrian Weiss Stiftung and the ETH Zürich Foundation.
03.21
Scarcity as a Tool to Create Narratives for/from the South with Frida Escobedo & Sumayya Vally
02.21
The Africa2020 September Summit with Sumayya Vally, Emanuel Admassu, Ola Uduku and Ola Hassanain
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Musée Quai Branly
Sunday February 28th 2021, 6 PM

Reflecting on how Black urban practices emerge as strategies of resistance that disrupt the spatial legacies of colonial power in Africa, and how they create spaces of radical imagination within and against anti-Black environments.
02.21
Event: Architectural Association School of Architecture: A New Model For Listening
02.21
TIME100 Next List honoree, Sumayya Vally
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“There is absolutely another canon, it’s up to us to dream it.” Sumayya Vally
02.21
Celebrating the Legacy of Christo & Jeanne-Claude
01.21
Video: The World Around Summit 2021 – Keepers of The World Around
01.21
artnet: Slow Down the Mega-Galleries, Empower Black Collectors, and 14 Other Changes…
12.20
Sumayya Vally: ‘I want to build differently’
11.20
artnet: 25 Inspiring Women in the Art World Who Overcame Obstacles to Accomplish…
10.20
25 Thought Leaders on the Esteemed A+Firm Awards Jury: Sumayya Vally
09.20
Cooper Union Lecture: Sumayya Vally: Counterpoints
09.20
Therme Art Conference: Breaking Bauhaus – Renewing its Principles 100 Years Later
07.20
Video: Yoyo Ma x Google: Culture of Comfort with Sumayya Vally
07.20
Unibz Conference: 5×2 Summer Conversation – A conversation with Sumayya Vally
06.20
LFA Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation feat. Sumayya Vally
06.20
The Design Museum: Manifestos – Architecture for a New Generation
05.20
Dezeen: Therme Art and VDF Conference – The Relationship between Art and Architecture
05.20
Video: Therme Art and VDF Conference – The Relationship between Art and Architecture
03.20
New Frame: Counterspace: Architecture should be a force for change
01.20
Domus: Counterspace – An all-women team of South African designers
01.20
Domus: Counterspace featured as one of 100+ best architecture firms
01.20
Film: Yokohama Triennale 2020 – Ingesting Architectures: On Atmospheric Violences
01.19
Dezeen: Counterspace creates Folded Skies installation
08.18
Chicago Architecture Biennale: Lost and Found by Counterspace
05.18
US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale: Dimensions of Citizenship: Sumayya Vally