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Dozie Kanu x RIMOWA

Featuring American artist/designer Dozie Kanu (b. 1993), who was invited to put a progressive outlook on this timeless icon of functional luxury and intelligent travelling, the collaboration with RIMOWA unfolded through three separate but intertwined activations: a short film, an installation, and a printed publication presented at Spazio Maiocchi on the occasion of Milan Design Week 2018.

Part of a multi-platform collaboration with RIMOWA, the short documentary directed by Sam Hiscox captured the Houston native artist / designer at work in his Lisbon studio. The film and photography follow him as he explores Lisbon to find inspiration in the city’s architectural landmarks: the brutalist Palácio da Justiça with its annexed skatepark; the Alvaro Siza-designed metro station of Baixa-Chiado; and the Vasco Da Gama Bridge by Santiago Calatrava, a cable-stayed engineering masterpiece and the longest bridge in Europe. While navigating this novel urban landscape, Kanu discusses the importance of travelling and constantly researching new environments.

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“From my experience, the more well-traveled a person is at a young age, the more open-minded and developed they turn out to be. Frequent travel is my way of constantly evolving.”

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Melding street culture with design sensibilities, Kanu creates objects that are sculptural but still functional. Premiering the short film within an environment designed in collaboration with Bureau Borsche, the installation during Milan Design Week 2018 presented an original artwork resulting from Kanu’s remix of RIMOWA’s quintessential aluminum material, accompanied by a photo zine enclosed in KALEIDOSCOPE issue 32 (Spring/Summer 18) providing exclusive insight into to the making of this one-of-a-kind collaboration.

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Dozie Kanu (American, b. 1993) is an artist who lives and works in Portugal. After graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York, he has exhibited in international art institutions such as Spazio Maiocchi (Milan), Soft Opening (London) and Salon 94 (New York). He was the recipient of the 2018 Hublot Design Prize.
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All images courtesy of the artist and KALEIDOSCOPE
Photo credit: Sam Hiscox

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