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Rock-A-Mambo Exhibition

From 2007-2011, I taught coursework in graphic design theory, history and typography at Prague College. For many semesters, I ran an assignment called ‘Culture & Cliché’, in which I tasked students with creating a CD package for an obscure but magnificent Congolese mambo band, Orchestre Rock-A-Mambo. The intention of the assignment was to see beyond cultural stereotypes associated with ‘Africa’ or any other generality, to delve into the contextual specifics of a project and deliver an appropriately nuanced solution.

In 2011, I organized an exhibition to showcase some of the great student work generated within this project (and as an excuse to play some Congolese mambo to boot). This also gave me a chance to design the exhibition poster, banner ads and informational placards.

Above are my promotional posters for the event (borrowing a portrait by the great Malinese photographer Malick Sidibé). Below are photos from the exhibition itself, and of my students’ work:

  • GD_MAMBO (3 of 122)
  • GD_MAMBO (114 of 122)
  • GD_MAMBO (102 of 122)
  • GD_MAMBO (96 of 122)
  • GD_MAMBO (83 of 122)
  • GD_MAMBO (81 of 122)
  • GD_MAMBO (80 of 122)
  • GD_MAMBO (74 of 122)
  • GD_MAMBO (73 of 122)
  • GD_MAMBO (66 of 122)
  • GD_MAMBO (59 of 122)
  • GD_MAMBO (36 of 122)
  • GD_MAMBO (20 of 122)
  • GD_MAMBO (17 of 122)
  • GD_MAMBO (11 of 122)
  • GD_MAMBO (10 of 122)
  • GD_MAMBO (7 of 122)
  • GD_MAMBO (5 of 122)
  • GD_MAMBO (4 of 122)

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