When the Slanted team found out about a project showcasing Rhineland-Palatinatean design in Rwanda – and the other way around, they wanted to take a look at the up-and-coming creative scene there themselves to find out more.
And when they traveled to Rwanda in February 2019, the country impressed them in many ways: Plastic bags? They are absolutely prohibited there since 2004. Environmental management is being decentralized from the political to the local level, leading to a widespread understanding of how to preserve the environment. On the last Saturday of each month, for example, it is the duty of every citizen to clean up the streets.
Since this year, no more old clothes from the West are allowed to be imported to Rwanda – which has managed to create around 25,000 new jobs and a flourishing textile industry. Rwanda showed us how it’s done!
The Slanted special issue ‘Rwanda’ now presents a few outstanding personalities as well as many good stories besides a bit of design eye-candy. It was supported by descom Designforum Rhineland-Palatinate and the Partnership Association Rhineland-Palatinate / Rwanda (rlp-ruanda.de).
Slanted Special Issue Rwanda
Publisher: Slanted Publishers
Photography: Daniel Sommer (http://danielsommer.eu/)
Release: August 2019
Volume: 128 pages
Format: 16 × 24 cm
Price: € 12.–
Video Interviews: slanted.de/en/video/rwanda