Art Exhibition: A Fresh Perspective by Longinos Onyango Nagila, Mar. 17-22 2014 @ the Shifteye Gallery
Iroko Arts Consultants invites you to their first exhibition of the year by an unknown but vastly talented artist LONGINOS ONYANGO NAGILA at the Shifteye Gallery from 17th to 22nd March 2014. Take a peek at Longinos’ controversial and subversive paintings here.
Longinos was born in Kenya in September 1986 into a Catholic family. He grew up, filled with religious fervour and determined to join the seminary. In 2009 he travelled to Italy to start his journey to priesthood after completing his art education, a passion he wanted to expel before taking the cloth.
However an incident he witnessed at the doors of Vatican disabused him of this notion: he saw the Vatican police remain impassive as Senegalese immigrants were callously treated by State police. It seemed to him to make a parody of the very premise of Catholicism which in his naivety he had believed was to defend the defenceless.
In this cathartic moment he saw the collusion of church and state to oppress, repress and segregate the people. His belief in the church died abruptly but his faith in Christ remained intact. In the subsequent years he travelled frequently to Italy and grew in his belief that geography was indifferent to some unpalatable truths.
In this his debut exhibition in Kenya, Longinos further explores the relationship between church, state, society and the individual. He examines the themes of oppression including self-imposed (psychological) prisons which he deems are more powerful than any physical imprison; constructs that stop us even from dreaming.
In 2013 he did a film course in Italy where he studied the works of Alfred Hitchcock; he was fascinated by Hitchcock’s subtle approach to horror which he freely admits has impacted on his creative output.
Longinos speaks English, Swahili, Luhya and Italian fluently.
His exhibition experience includes a joint art exhibition at the Museo Africano Verona, Italy, 2012-2013 and a 2009 Solo exhibition at Galleria Grifone in Lecce, Italy.
Between 2007-2009 he did a diploma in Drawing and Painting at Buru Buru Institute of Fine Arts in Nairobi, Kenya. Between 2010-2011 he worked on Art projects with children at the Nairobi Children Remand including in May 2010 working as a research assistant for Professor Andy Pneiffner of Moody University, Chicago to collect information on issues affecting young people in non-formal settlements of Nairobi. The research was conducted in the slums of Korogocho, Kariobangi, Huruma, Mathare and Majengo.
In 2011 he contributed to and edited photos for a photo journal called SANAA ZETU, published by Seismic Limited under the sponsorship of UN-HABITAT.
Longinos is actively involved in radicalising art communities from grassroots up and is a member of several organisations including being co-founder of CREATIVE CAFE, an art collective that organizes talks in the community bringing diverse artists together every month as well as co-founder of HUIPALAS ASSOCIATION KENYA.
The exhibition replicates a library scene set in a dystopia world inspired by the four elements Earth, Air, Fire & Water. These four elements are believed to be the forces that govern existence for they hold immense power to not only build but also destroy. The symbolism of the elements is translated into a series of smaller installations that depict the state of most libraries as seen in Nairobi as well as in most parts of the world.
About the Artist
Jackie Karuti is a visual artist working in the fields of painting, performance art and installation. Her paintings depict a world of opposites set within a black and yellow palette. With her gradual embrace of new media and immateriality, Jackie has incorporated a conceptual and experimental artistic approach to her work through her performance pieces and installations which collectively focus on themes such asgender, identity and urban culture. Jackie has exhibited and participated in workshops in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and the USA. She also writes and has collaborated in various photography projects.
Her studio is based at Kuona Trust in Nairobi. You can find more of her musings on her blog
Opening night: Thursday, 13th March 2014 from 7pm
Venue: Goethe Institut, Nairobi
Dates: March 14-16, 2014
Venue: Alliance Francaise de Nairobi
Time: 6 & 8.30pm Friday; 3, 6 and 8.30pm Saturday and Sunday 3 & 6pm
Tickets: Ksh. 500/=
Tickets Hotline: 0720 861 236 or 0733 720 585, Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
After twenty years, they meet by accident, and eventually get together to talk over old times and catch up on what has happened since they parted. And so begins a journey of memories: their first meeting, their love for each other, their marriages and children.
All is underscored by nagging questions: why have they remained strangers for so long? Why didn’t they get married? Why don’t they… oh, they are! To other people!
Date: March 10, 2014
Venue: Alliance Francaise
The Lady by Luc Besson – 2011, 2h07
This is an extraordinary story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband, Michael Aris.
It is also the epic story of the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma’s democracy movement. A story of devotion and human understanding set against a backdrop of political turmoil that continues today.
Date: March 12, 2014
Venue: Purdy Arms, Marula Lane – Karen
Time: 6.45 for 7.15 pm
Reservations: 0724 255299, 2339158 or email@example.com
Soul Boy is a captivating Kenyan-German co-production shot in Kibera, one of the largest slums in East Africa.
Abila, a 14 year old boy, sets out on a quest to save his father, who has gambled his soul away to a witch. His friend Shiku offers to help him… will they succeed?
This movie transforms the mysteries and myths of this multi-faceted social microcosm into a modern day fairy tale.
Full info here Soul Boy Film poster
Date & time: Tuesday, March 11 2014 from 7 pm
Venue: Vineyard, Rhapta Road Westlands
International Women’s Day: Dedication Painting to Wangari Maathai – A Lady of Commitment, Mar. 8 2014 @ National Museum
The National Museum of Kenya invites you to view a dedication painting during the Celebration Of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2014.
The masterpiece titled Wangari Maathai, A Lady of Commitment by Joseph Bertiers stands tall at 6ft x 8ft.
In honouring Maathai’s activities & achievements the masterpiece becomes a great source of inspiration for change and reflection on the economic, political and social achievements of women.
You are encouraged to find some time during the women’s week starting Saturday March 8th to visit and spend time with the painting. It is displayed at the Nairobi National Museum‘s lobby on ground floor.
The painting will be on display at the museum for a minimum period of one year.
Time: The National Museum is open daily from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
Entry: Museum Rates Apply
A Collaboration of National Museums of Kenya and VS Arts
DJ Set’s by: DJ Satelite – Luanda, Trust the DJ – Johannesburg, Afrologic – Lagos and Just a Band – Nairobi
Performance by: Fena Gitu & Wangechi
TEN CITIES is coming back to Nairobi. After last year’s pumping warehouse concert in April, it’s time for another episode. Therefore we are inviting TEN CITIES participants from sub-Sahara Africa creating a unique night-out experience Nairobi hasn’t seen before. Expect diverse and raving DJ sets from Afrologic(Lagos), Trust The DJ(Johannesburg), DJ Satelite(Luanda) and Just A Band (Nairobi) that will navigate you through genres like Kuduro, Kwaito, Afro Beat, Dub, House, Techno and much more.
TEN CITIES is a music and research project that brings together musicians and writers from ten cities in Africa and Europe. The project initiates music production and details the unwritten history of club culture in Cairo, Johannesburg, Luanda, Lagos and Nairobi as well as in Berlin, Bristol, Kyiv, Lisbon and Naples. TEN CITIES is a process, focusing on creating and producing, carried forward by travels and visits. During this process, the project aims to create networks that are open and involves a constantly increasing number of participants.
Find more information about TEN CITIES at: www.ten-cities.com
Written by Seth Busolo, Directed by May Wairimu, Produced by Daisy Busolo and Samuel Kyama, Stage manager Charity Nyambura
Borrowed Life Synopsis
Melissa feels trapped, being married to what she considers her ‘slow’ husband. She gets even angrier when her younger friend and neighbor buys property, while they are still being held back by her husband’s “poverty mentality.”
She eventually tries to “invest” behind her husband’s back; however when the politician from whom she buys prime land demands for more than she can give, Melissa finds herself thrown into a web of secrets, and nothing could have prepared her for the downward spiral her life gets into, as her unrelenting quest to move on up turns deadly.
Exhibition: by Salah Elmur – Sudan & Soad Abdel Rassoul – Egypt, Feb. 23 – Apr. 6 2014 @ Red Hill Art Gallery
Dates: Until April 6, 2014
Venue: Red Hill Art Gallery
Location: Off Limuru Road, Off Julian’s Lane [13 Km’s from Village Market]
Date: March 5-16, 2014
Venue: Professional Centre – Parliament Road
Time: Wed.-Thur. 7 pm, Fri. 7.30 pm and Sat 6 pm
Tickets: Kshs 500
Written by Brian Munene(Original idea by David Opondoe) and Directed by Millicent Ogutu
Exhibition of new works by Mary Ogembo
Mary Ogembo‘s work is inspired by the African woman. She depicts the beauty and daily activities of the woman, and overlooks the negative stereotype placed on the African woman.
Her paintings are very rich with vibrant Earth colors, usually associated with Africa and the background pretty much relates to the subject and brings about the state of the environment. Her subject forms are exaggerated in some areas, which give the paintings a naive look.
Mary Ogembo’s paintings have been collected by The National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, The Standard Chartered Bank UK and Casoria museum in Naples Italy.
She has also held successful exhibitions outside Kenya in the following countries; France, USA, Egypt, Canada, Finland, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, India, Germany and Lithuania.
Dates: March 7-21, 2014
Venue: Banana Hill Art Gallery
Contacts: +254 711756911 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Launch: A Night Guide through the City-In-The-Sun by Tony Mochama aka Smitta, Mar. 5 2014 @ Arfa Lounge
Have you heard of the legendary Nairobi Night Runner? No?! Then the next publication in the Contact Zones NRB book series and the second issue of its Rogue Series shall hit the spot.
Tony Mochama’s Nairobi – A Night Guide through the City-in-the-Sun reveals the vibrant, eccentric and extreme city of Nairobi that is made up of different and contradictory worlds.
Nairobi is also an elusive city; difficult to comprehend and fully penetrate. What better guide can there be than Tony Mochama, the notorious and popular chronicler of Nairobi’s urban life? Haunted by his doppelganger the Night Runner – a naked, mad and mythical being who, in popular rural Kenyan imagination, runs from house to house casting spells – Mochama will carry you along on his journeys through Nairobi.
His is a declaration of love for the city-in-the-sun, after the sun has gone down.
Part of Goethe Institute’s Contact Zones NRB publication series.
International Women’s Day Celebrations: Sauti za Mabinti, Mar. 8 2014 @ Alliance Française Auditorium
SAUTI ZA MABINTI
Young women artists come together in a two-part production bringing to stage a diversity of artistic skills in performance poetry, spoken word, femcee, hip hop, rap, neo-soul and afro-fusion.
Kike Tele, an initiative that collects and tells stories about women, presents ‘The Edge of Womanhood’. The show is a performance piece scripted poetically that explores different stereotypes of women revealing the fallacy of stereotypes.
Performers include: Mwende Ngao, Rein, Raya, Amare Poete, Namatsi Lukoye.
Sauti za Mabinti is a platform to empower and promote young female artists.
‘The Phenomenal Women’ will be emceed by Anitah Raey, poet and presenter with Ghetto radio on the NiajeNiaje.
Performers will include: Her-She, Latisha aka Laty, Shikow Femi One, Samantha M-ill, Vivian Kenya, Basilica Wairimu ‘Taamic’, Lilian Ayanga aka Pluto and Judy Ogake aka Sugar.
Out of Town/ Theatre & Performance: Beach Access, Mar. 7-8 & 22 2014 @ the Little Theatre Club & Reef Hotel – Mombasa
Kuldip Sondhi’s Award winning play BEACH ACCESS, was declared the best winning play in 1997 of the BBC Playwriting Competition and subsequently recorded on location in Mombasa and transmitted to over forty million people worldwide. A year later Beach Access was put on stage for the first time Featuring Fiona Sax Ledger the BBC Producer who had produced the radio version.
Beach Access is a hard hitting commentary on corruption, poverty and land grabbing.
The story centers on Helga, (Stephanie Maseki) a retired Germany tourist who falls in love with Hamisi (Muscat Sayye) a beach boy vendor. While looking for an alternative route, the boat capsizes as the boatman (Edward Wangama) tries to find an alternative route as the usual beach access had been grabbed by the area chief (Anthony Mbithi) in collaboration with Mr. Seth ( Ashik Yusuf), a private Developer.
Kulola Mlaghui plays Lawyer Hassan, who is trying to unravel the mystery behind Helga’s death and the saga behind the closing of the beach access road. To cement their heinous relationship, Ndirangu the Area chief wants his daughter Cynthia (Sylviah Namussasi) to link up with Seth’s son Prem (Awwab Mohammed).
Cast & production
The cast list includes the who’s who of Mombasa theatre circles. Rumar Amar who appears as the chief’s secretary. Silvanus Omondi and Dianna Mwende feature as Beach boys.
Beach Access is directed by Keith Pearson, the Theatre Company Managing Director, and it is produced by Hillary Namanjia, the Theatre Company’s Coast Manager.
Beach Access has been published as a book by Awaaz Magazine and the official launch is scheduled for Friday 7thMarch at the Reef Hotel 6.30 p.m, Saturday 8th March at The Little Theatre Club at 7 p.m. and 22nd March at the Reef Hotel at 6.30 p.m. The launch will coincide with a performance of the play by The Theatre Company featuring Mombasa-based, top notch theatre artists.
The entrance fee of kshs 1,500/- at the Reef Hotel will include a cocktail party. The performance at the Little Theatre Club will cost kshs 500/-. An autographed copy of the book will retail at kshs 500/-.
Proceeds will go towards Coast Hospice, a palliative care clinic that takes care of and supports patients with life limiting conditions such as Cancer, HIV Aids , and chronic Heart, Liver and Kidney conditions.
Tickets can be purchased at the following
LITTLE THEATRE CLUB: +254720731164/+254724812297
COAST HOSPICE office: +2542035026/+254707239603
KANTI STATIONERY: +254726012747
REEF HOTEL MSA: 041-4471771/5 or 0722205918/0736474005
M – PESA PAY BILL NR. 82386
The show at the Reef Hotel on 7th March 1500/- inclusive of cocktail
The show at the Little Theatre Club 500/-
Date: Wednesday March 5, 2014
Venue: Pawa 254 Hub
Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Entry: RSVP here
Kenyans are excited by the discovery of oil in Turkana, the cradle of mankind, because of oil’s potential to accelerate economic growth in the country. But not everyone is as enthusiastic about the oil discovery. The biggest, unresolved issue in the country of Turkana is water, which has led to some of the world’s first climate wars.
Ekal a Turkana warrior living in Todonyang, on the border of the Kenya and Ethiopia, carries a gun wherever he goes, as his community is constantly fighting over water and grazing lands with the Daasnach tribe from Ethiopia. Access to clean water is also a pressing concern for residents living near the oil sites in Nakuklas.
With increasing climate change, as a result of our reliance on oil to drive industry, water could soon become the new oil in terms of importance and conflict
Find more info here
A tribute by: Aimee Crowl, Asa Isacson, Atem Oyungu, June Gachui, Lisa Oduor, Neema Ntalel, Danger & friends
On showcase will be sculptures, paintings and drawings by: Ravi saleh, Gemini Vaghela, Onyis Martin, Natasha Joshi and Poonam Suryavanshi
Dates: March 8-9, 2014
Venue: Zen Gardens
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
The scheduled artist for March 6, 2014 was initially Eddie Grey however due to sudden illness will be unable to make the scheduled performance. His place has been taken by singer and songwriter Maia von Lekow.
Venue: Choices, Baricho Road
Time: 8-11 pm
Entry: No Cover Charge
Gargar, is an all-female Kenyan quartet which came to the limelight with their song Aids Wadilla through the 2008 Spotlight on Kenyan Music project. They are getting ready to leave for France where they have been selected to participate in the 2014 Babel Med Festival and the ‘Couleursdu Monde’ Festival.
Gargar means joining together in Somali. This quartet from Garissa is part of larger Somali women’s self-help and economic empowerment group. Gargar’s music can be described as contemporary folk and is a beautiful arrangement of traditional Somali music to modern rhythms. With a touch of Horn of Africa sounds, Gargar is the first Kenyan group to participate at the 10th Babel Med World Music Festival in Marseille.
Nominated for the “Orange” Award at the Babel Med Festival in Marseille (March 20-22, 2014) and the “World Music Award” at the Couleurs du Monde Festival in Brittany (March 27-30, 2014)
The State of Female Justice in Kenya presented by One Billion Rising Kenya
Date: March 7, 2014
Venue: Alliance Française Auditorium
One billion rising is an all-inclusive, non partisan group working to address impunity and the lack of accountability as significant factors in the perpetuation of violence against women.
This Forum will focus attention on issues of justice for survivors of gender violence and how to end the rampant impunity. One Billion Rising is motivated by the belief that the justice system affects citizens’ lives in a multitude of ways and that the contributions of an engaged populace are necessary for a strong community.
Date: March 3, 2014
Venue: Alliance Francaise
Time: 6 pm
When famed English aviator Bill Lancaster vanishes into thin air during a World Record flight between London and Cape, his mistress Marie Vallières takes to the sky on an obsessive quest to find her missing lover amidst the rolling sand dunes.
Entertainment by Juma Tutu & the Band
Date: Friday 28 February
Venue: Tamambo Village Market
Time: from 8.30 pm
Entry: Kshs 200