D’Zair Art and Craft A Johannesburg, is an unprecedented exhibition of contemporary Algerian design. The exhibition’s purpose will highlight the incredible work coming out of Algeria. D’Zair is local Arabic slang meaning Algeria, Art and Craft is English, and À Johannesburg is French.

Hellal Zoubir, the curator of the exhibit, has been lecturing and writing about design in North Africa for over 30 years. In this exhibit, he has commissioned works by 13 key designers whose work is made in Algeria. Many of these one-off design pieces reflect Algerian designers’ reliance on traditional artisans because of the lack of local prototyping manufacturing capacity. Zoubir emphasises the fact that drawing the line between craft and design, artist and designer, is not always easy – and many practitioners themselves don’t choose one or the other.

D’Zair, Art and Craft A Johannesburg will open on the 28th of January and run until the 3rd of April at the Musuem of African Design in Johannesburg.

Featured designers:

  • Yamo
  • Ourrad Mohamed
  • Matari Jamel
  • Mammeri Leila
  • Hamiane Samir
  • Benmansour Hamida
  • Krinah Mourad
  • Idir Messaoud
  • Bekebir Amine
  • Rahli Neila
  • Issadi Said
  • Bouchouchi Walid
  • Zitouni Radia