Dozie Kanu, whose work dances between art and design, has an annual check-in at the top of each year. But instead of consulting a doctor or a trusted confidante, he asks himself to define his goals. “This year, I made a resolution to focus on architecture,” the 30-year-old artist says as he walks under the first pavilion he’s ever designed. It is the centerpiece of "Bal d'Afrique," his just-opened exhibition in Milan. “I’ve been thinking about it for a long time—foundations specifically. Things are built on foundations. How do you change a system if the building is fucked up?”
When Will Artist Dozie Kanu Find Home?
The American-born Nigerian artist always felt out of place. In “Bal d’Afrique”—a presentation at Milan Design Week in collaboration with Byredo—Kanu sought to build the home he never had.