Exhibition: Finding Voice II by Boniface Maina, James Njoroge & Michael Musyoka, Jul. 1-31 2014 @ Cheche Gallery – Kenya Cultural Centre
Exhibiting Artists: Boniface Maina, James Njoroge & Michael Musyoka
Exhibition Curated by Little Art Gallery
Exhibition: Adrift – An Exhibition of Selected Artwork by Joshua Obaga, Jul. 24-Aug. 1 2014 @ Shifteye Gallery
Runs Until: August 1, 2014
Joshua Obaga (°1986, Nairobi) is an artist who works in a variety of media, with roots in illustration. Growing up he watched a lot of cartoons, but it wasn’t until he browsed through Disney’s illustrated copy of Rudyard Kipling’s novel ‘The Jungle Book’ that he fell in love with visual art. The use of pencils and paper to create whole worlds was an interesting prospect and took it upon himself to learn all about it.
His insatiable creative curiosity led him into alternative forms of visual arts, along the years dabbling in everything that he could, from graffiti to typography, inspired by his high school art teacher, Mungai Mburu. These various creative paths, coupled with his accidental discovery of the Adobe Suite led him into digital art/graphic design, all the while his love for art photography steadily maturing.
It was then that he found employment in advertising and found a new, more structured passion. Picking up all that he could in the creative & business experience, he eventually starting his own company.
All the while, his first love, illustration, was a faint memory (but not forgotten, much like riding a bike).
In his journey, he met a variety of creative people, most of whom inspired his different sensibilities; musicians, illustrators, ad men, fashion designers. And from those, three of his most influential were in the form of the ‘Three Js’: John Alogo, Jonah Otieno and Jim Chuchu.
Jim Chuchu (along with the staff of The Nest Arts Company) inspired and supported this project, urging him on his quest to rediscovery.
A D R I F T, a series supported by The Nest Arts Company, explores melancholy through (deconstructed) anatomy and movement. By examining the ambiguity of the melancholic self, Obaga finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, a beauty that echoes our own vulnerabilities. The artist also considers movement as a metaphor for the ever-seeking man who experiences a continuous loss.
With the use of Indian ink, Conte crayons, charcoal and watercolor, he wants the viewer to become part of the art as a kind of added component, to interact with the work on an emotional level is important. By isolating the movements of the characters in a frozen, colorless moment, he expresses his inherent melancholic phases. By doing so, new sequences are created which reveal an inseparable relationship between movement and emotion. By putting the viewer on this track, he tries to increase the dynamic between audience and author by objectifying emotions and investigating the duality that develops through different interpretations.
Call 0722 626 169 for tickets
Play: The Good Body, Jul.31-Aug. 1 2014 @ Michael Joseph Centre – Safaricom House & Karen Country Club
Thursday 31st at 7pm at The Michael Joseph Centre (Safaricom House, Waiyaki Way-Westlands)
Advance Tickets: Ksh. 800 Payable by 30th July. Pay Via Mpesa: Paybill No: 961700 and Account No: 00520.
Tickets also on sale at the door for Kes 1,000, but do you want to risk being turned away
Friday, 1st August at 7pm at m (Members and their Guests)
Charges: Ksh.1,000 (Show Only)
Ksh. 2,500 (Show and Dinner)
For Tickets contact: Karen Country Club: 0722 204 431
* All proceeds from this event will go to Flone Initiative
This star studded performance will feature: Patricia Ithau, Muthoni Drummer Queen, Ian Mbugua, June Gachui, Mwikali Mary, Nick Ndeda, Nice Githinji and Wanjiru Mburu. Directed by Mbeki Mwalimu.
Tickets are Available at:
Alliance Francaise reception
Michael Joseph Centre: 0722 005 890
Ticket Hotlines: 0708 221 040/ 0720 701 359 / 0736 330 680
*Flone Initiative works with matatu drivers, touts and motor bike riders to deconstruct societal norms and acquired negative attitudes on women’s freedom.
China in African Urbanization – SACEF Business Exchange Series
Date & Time: 2pm, Saturday, July 19th, 2014
Venue: Soluxe Club Lounge, off Muhoya ave, Mbabane Rd, Nairobi
China’s visible impact on urban development in Africa is substantial. One need only to take a look at Great Wall apartments along Mombasa road, or drive down to Thika Road to catch a glimpse of some of the most impressive changes brought to Africa by Chinese constructors and developers. The contractors, developers and designers from China are having a tremendous impact on African development. Will they be able to successfully export the Chinese urban model? Can China’s own experience in fast, large-scale urbanization benefit Africa? Can the Chinese prototype developed over the past thirty years simply be exported?
Following their researches on Chinese urban development issues, Urban China magazine have collaborated with Go West Project to make an issue completely dedicated to impact of Chinese Urbanism in Africa, which will be introduced and discussed upon on Saturday 19 July, 2pm.
Speakers are Huang Zhengli, Njeri Cerere, and Juma Assiago. Huang Zhengli is a PhD candidate on Kenyan cities and informal housing and editor of Urban China. Njeri Cerere is a Planning, Development and Environmental Consultant in Kenya. Juma Assiago works at UN-Habitat and coordinates the global network on Safer Cities Program.
14:00 – 14:10 Welcome Remark by Isaac Fokuo (SACEF)
14:10 – 14:30 Opening Speech by Ambassador LIU Xianfa
14:30 – 15:00 Speech by Huang Zhengli on Chinese Urbanism in Africa
15:00 – 15:30 Speech by Njeri Cerere on Nairobi Land Regulations
15:30– 16:00 Speech by Juma Assiago on Urban Spaces and Their Social Impacts
16:00 – 17:00 Open Discussion
17:00 Closing Remarks and End Reception
Mindspeak Forum: Aly-Khan Satchu Hosts KCB Group CEO – Joshua Oigara, Jul. 26 2014 @ Inter Continental
Date: July 26, 2014
Venue: Inter-Continental Hotel, Nairobi
Time: 9 am for 10-12 Noon
Guest Speaker: Kenya Commercial Bank CEO Joshua Oigara
Aly-Khan Satchu with Joshua Oigara in a Prior Interview
Conversation with Kenyan Writers: Kinyanjui Kombani Author of Den of Inequalities, Jul. 24 2014 @ Goethe Institut
Host: John Sibi-Okumu