Exhibition: Iconic, Sept. 15-Oct. 7 2011 @ Goethe Institut
Exhibition Dates: September 16 –October 7, 2011
Opening Days: Mon – Fri
Opening Hours: 1–6pm
In 2009 Goethe-Institut and Iwalewa Haus Bayreuth held the large exhibition PigaPicha! about portrait photography in Nairobi. The broad scope of the show reflected the various styles and aesthetics that have evolved over the last 100 years. One of the areas surveyed was the phenomenon of outdoor photographers. Based in areas such as Uhuru Park or KICC these photographers use the public spaces of the city as their studio, using backdrops, settings and photographic techniques in much the same way traditional photo studios do.
Peter Mwangi Irungu, working under the name of Willy, was one of these photographers whose work stood out because of his imaginative and experimental use of photomontage techniques. The portraits he creates feature his subjects sitting on various buildings around the city or on a bottle of coca cola, flying through the sky or enclosed in flower petals.
For his first solo exhibition Goethe Institut commissioned Willy to produce a new body of work exploring and developing this idiosyncratic iconography.
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