Nyumba Kumi exhibition by artist Kevo Stero of Maasai Mbili Art Studio opens on Thursday 18th September 2014 at the Kuona Trust gallery.
The artworks on show are a collaboration between Kevo and several artists that he works closely with at the Maasai Mbili (M2) space in Kibera.
Opening: Thursday 18th September from 6 pm
Exhibition Dates: 18th–29th September, 9 am – 5 pm Daily
Venue: Kuona Trust, Likoni Lane off Denis Pritt Road, Hurlingham
The ‘Nyumba Kumi’ project is an initiative by the Kenyan government to improve security in the face of increasing insecurity in the country. Under ‘Nyumba Kumi’, landlords are required to establish estate associations to register themselves as well as their tenants. It calls for the vetting of tenants by ensuring an accurate record of what they do for a living so as to establish that they are not criminals or linked to terrorist activities. Providing this information is not an option but an obligation. In the face of rising global terrorism the government deems that effective collaboration between residents and security personnel is the most effective tool in the prevention of attacks as well as building cases against terror suspects. It sites other countries such as neighbouring Tanzania where this exercise has worked.
The artist explores this initiative from the perspective of the slum dwellers of Kibera. As a resident of Kibera, Kevin has conducted widespread research in the area to gather the thoughts and reactions to the ‘Nyumba Kumi’ exercise. Some of the questions he chose to interrogate include- Does the ‘Nyumba Kumi’ apply in Kibera? How is it implemented there? What is the impact if any on the residents? What is the impact on you? Is it bound to succeed or fail?
His intention is to provoke the audience to think deeper into their own perception of the project and its impact. He provides insights into a community that few people really understand. This community also dwells in the cosmopolitan city, Nairobi, which the government so desperately wants to protect. However, the residents of Kibera were probably not a priority in the list for consideration when this initiative was developed.
This exhibition challenges the passive nature of society when faced with various socio-economic and political challenges. Kevin hopes to trigger a more proactive approach to the analysis of situations and deeper thought into the solutions provided for the challenges by the leadership/government of the day.
The curator will be renowned artist Mbuthia Maina.
Lake Expo! An exhibition by artists from Kenya’s Lake Basin at the Nairobi National Museum
Dates: September 18-30, 2014
Venue: Creativity Gallery
Lake Basin Art Group (LBAG) is a unique Group of Artists who come majorly from Kenya’s lake region of Kisumu
The first race of the day “The Kwale County Handicap”- 2060m will start the races of the day at 12. 05 pm.
This will be followed by “The Alpha Romeo Trophy” – 1000m at 12.35pm.
At 1.10pm “The Kajiado County Handicap” – 2400m will run, then the “The McMillan Cup” – 1600m at 1.45 pm
“The Kitui County Handicap” – 1800m will run at 2.25pm, then at 3.00pm “The Migori County Handicap” – 1200m will run.
At 3.35pm “The Madera County Handicap” then the last race of the day at 4.10pm will be “The Kakamega County Maiden Handicap”- 1600m.
Come and Enjoy a fun Family day out!
Catch some live art this Friday, 19th September, at Story Moja’s event ‘Afreeka’. A crew of vibrant contemporary young artists from Kuona Trust will be working on site throughout the evening giving you the unique chance of viewing the art process from start to finish.
Key features of the event include,a multimedia show with film, spoken word, storytelling and a mix of music celebrating the energy and creativity of the youth by local and international artists.
The event will be held at the National Museums of Kenya
Ticket will be available at Ksh 300/-
Seminar: Gendered Citizenship, Politics and Public Spaces in Kenya, Sept. 23 2014 @ BIEA, Laikipia Rd
Gendered Citizenship, Politics and Public Spaces in Kenya By Christina Kenny, PhD Candidate, Australian National University
Date: Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Time: 11.00 am
Venue: BIEA, Laikipia Rd, Kileleshwa, Nairobi
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Shortly after the 2013 general elections, the newly elected women’s representative for Nairobi county, Rachel Shebesh was slapped by the Governor of Nairobi Evans Kidero at his offices in front of a crowd of Kenyan reporters.
The new Kenyan constitution provides for women’s civil and political rights through a variety of innovative mechanisms, but in the months leading up to the 2013 elections, most Kenyan women did not seem to have a good understanding of the laws which are designed to protect women’s rights. Although the constitution had been in place for almost two years, the women I spoke to could only talk vaguely about the content of their constitutional rights. Against the recent focus on women’s representation in Kenyan politics, my doctoral thesis, “We’ve agreed to be ruled”: Women’s public and private decision making in modern Kenya, examines the regulatory and interpersonal dynamics which drive women’s choices and behaviours, in both private and public spaces, with a dual focus on sex and sexuality rights, and civil and political rights. I employ an interdisciplinary approach – utilising cultural anthropology, history and law.
I examine the experiences of women entering politics and public space through a feminist lens. Through case studies drawn from the last two general elections, I interrogate the imperatives of international human rights discourse, and the demands such discourse places on its subjects.
Christina Kenny holds a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature, Early Modern History; Hons. I) and a Bachelor of Laws both from the University of Sydney, and is admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW. She is currently PhD Scholar at the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies, at the Australian National University. She began her career as a policy officer with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice team at the Australian Human Rights Commission and has since worked for the Australian Government for the Refugee Review Tribunal, and the Attorney General’s Department, the Women’s Legal Centre in Cape Town, the South African Human Rights Commission, and the Kenyan Human Rights Commission.
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Singer-songwriter Andrew Wambua is here again with his second release “Mangulet” off his upcoming album. “Mangulet” is the kamba pronunciation for “Margaret”, Wambua’s native language. Mangulet, a new and I dare say fresh and different “afro-house” track with Wambua’s signature, silky, smooth harmonies (produced by Kagwe Mungai) promises to leave you bobbing your head and dancing all the way into the club.
Andrew Wambua dived into the music scene in November of 2008 after forming his band Afrology with whom he has performed far and wide in his hometown Nairobi; his latest performance being the 55th edition of Blankets and Wine.
His first critically acclaimed release “Nipe Pendo” continues to receive massive airplay on Homeboyz radio, Hot96 and the world groove show on Capital fm.
Wambua is inspired by the likes of Freshlyground, Sauti Sol, John Legend, Jessie J, Mafikizolo and Eric Wainaina. He gives of his heart and artistry to the world.
Download the track for free: http://mdundo.com/song/18386
Date: September 20, 2014
Venue: Kuona Trust Art Center (off Dennis Pritt road)
Time: 3pm till midnight
Charges: 200 Ksh (goes to Faraja Foundation Arts Project)
ABSOLUT has always challenged conventions through creative collaborations with artists such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, and more recently Ellen von Unwerth and Spike Jonze.
Through this event we aim capture the spirit of urban Nairobi and appreciate the integration of art and life and celebrate the use of the most ordinary material combined with found items to create the most extra-ordinary pieces.
A week leading up to the competition, artists will begin creating their piece to be completed on the 20th September at Kuona Trust.
The event will begin at 3 pm, the audience will have the opportunity to watch the artists create their pieces that will need to be completed promptly at 7:00 pm. The judges will have an hour to consult and announce the winner. Artists will be ranked based on their creativity, originality, artistic skill, bold innovation.
All the money collected from entrance fees shall go towards the Faraja Foundation Art project that is transforming the walls of the industrial area remand prison with murals.
Dates: September 20 to October 3, 2014
Venue: Banana Hill Art Gallery