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Mixed media artist and print maker Wycliffe Opondo ( Wiki) is having a 40% off sale on his artwork. The sale will on in his studio
Dates: July 25th- August 5th 2014
The prices range from Ksh 7,000 to Ksh 35,000
Times: 9.00 am- 5.00 pm.
This is an exhibition and installation by Kuona resident artist Tresor Malaya that highlights various social and political issues in Africa drawing parallels between two slum dwellings, Kibera in Kenya & Kalubwe in Congo.
The artist’s objective is to addresses society’s passive nature and prompt it to be pro active in finding long term solutions.
For more information, please visit Kuona Trust website
Fifty Years. Half a decade. The age of a country on the road of sovereignty, self-governance and gaining her voice in the global world. Has it been too long? Is she still too young? Either way, it has been an exciting journey to the emerging country that she is today.
Come take a walk through her history, appreciate the turning points.
A transforming experience by means of visual art.
The dominating expressionist style by the artist makes you feel the struggles, triumphs and resilience of the country, the continent and its people.
Arthur Patrick Odhiambo takes a look into the African shapers of the past fifty years.
The exhibition of the legends of years past and present are pieces that allow you to feel the soul of the African people. The artist captures Africa’s cultural diversity and brilliantly marries it to contemporary visuals of the new age African.
Bring your whole self in, bring your children in, bring your family and friends and experience Africa at the National Museums of Kenya, Creativity Gallery Hall.
Happy Anniversary Kenya! Viva Africa!
Be happy, Be bold.
Exhibition: Collabo Pap! Feat. Five Drops of Nairobi’s Finest Cream, Jul. 23-30 2014 @ Village Market
Exhibiting artists: Patrick Kinuthia, Yassir Ali, Sam Njuguna, Omosh Kindeh and Adrian Nduma
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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.
Venue: the Railway Museum
Time: 8am- 6pm daily
Exhibition runs until August 15, 2014
July 26, 2014
Venue: Paa Ya Paa Art Centre
Feast your eyes on inspiring paintings, sculptures, photographs and get exclusive furniture jewelry and leather
accessories with a chance to share and interact with like-minded individuals.
On July 26th 2014, come be part of an enthralling music, poetry, and art extravaganza at the Hilton Nairobi’s Amboseli ballroom.
The event dubbed “TOMORROW IS ME” is brought to you courtesy of, the B.O.G.O.F. events in collaboration with the Hilton Nairobi.
The event will run from 3 pm to 7 pm. Charges for the event will be KES. 1,000 at the door, KES. 500 for students (with proof of ID) and KES. 800 for advance tickets’ available on JamboPay.
The host at “TOMORROW IS ME” will be the vivacious radio personality Cindy Ogana.
She will guide you through a line-up that includes the musical talents of the sensual Lele Ngoma, the soulful music of Jarel the artist and the sensational entertaining songs of The Opening Act.
The event will feature performance poets too. Michael Onsando will give a reading form his anthology “Something Quite Unlike Myself”. Tear Drops, one of Nairobi top poets who performs in Sheng, will enthral the audience with his heartfelt and thought provoking recitals and the genteel Veon Ngugi will provoke your thoughts with her prowess and mastery of spoken word.
The visual arts will be deftly represented by Denet, Nduta, Mel Ogana and Siege. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, join us at “TOMORROW IS ME” and witness pictures that bring to mind endless prose and poetry.
This promises to be a treat for the lovers of art and culture, with sensual delights for the eyes and ears. If you are looking for entertainment that will scratch beneath the surface, to pull your heart’s strings and tingle your mind’s core, The B.O.G.O.F. at the Hilton is an event you should plan to attend.
“TOMORROW IS ME” is a call to each of us to recognize that our future is in our own hands. If we want change we should go out and do it ourselves.
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 by Peter Mburu and Joseph Muchina
Dates: July 7-31, 2014
Venue: National Museum
Time: 8.30 am – 5.30 pm Daily
Entry: Museum Rates Apply
Exhibition: Flowing Lights by Strong Karakire from Rwanda, Jul. 9-18 2014 @ Alliance Francaise – 1st Floor Gallery
Strong Karakire is a Rwandan artist-in-residence at The GoDown Arts Centre.
‘Flowing Lights’ is a body of work developed during this residency and is a reflection of his experience in Nairobi. Strong says “In my mind painting is a game full of tribulation, joy and surprise. It is collision of bits of my memory and emotions, which finally settle down on the canvas.
The creation of my painting is like an adventure; full of uncertainty. The significance of painting is that l can face my true self.”
Jua Kali is an exhibition of works that represents the journey of the artisan into self-creation. It stems from the informality of curating ones life experiences to generate a perceived self-image.
The exhibition is inspired by the informal sector, built from the opportunistic personality and perseverance of the Jua Kali worker who often use recycled or found objects to develop their creations.
It is a collaborative work by photographer Tahir Karmali, found object artist Dennis Muarguri & glass master Tonney Mugo.
The exhibition opens at Kuona Trust on the 17th of July 2014 from 6 pm.
Date: July 5, 2014
Venue: the GoDown Arts Centre, Industrial Area
Time: 5.30 pm
Tickets: KShs 1000
T: 0715 125 127
Dates: June 29-July 23, 2014
Opening/Private Viewing: June 29, 2014 from 11 am to 5 pm
Venue: One Off Contemporary Art Gallery
Exhibition: UN.Known Spaces by Janina Janke & Maurice de Martin, Jun. 26 – Jul. 17 2014 @ Goethe Institut
Exhibition Runs Until July 17, 2014
The art project UN.KNOWN SPACES has been developed as an integral part of the large scale scientific research project “Knowledge through Art”, funded by the FWF (Austrian Science Fund). Inspired by the French philosopher Michel Foucault and the phenomenon “Worlds inside the World”, the two German artists, Janina Janke and Maurice de Martin, focused on the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, New York, and Nairobi as these “worlds”.
From 2011 onwards, they collected a total of 66 interviews from the three headquarters conducted with a wide spectrum of UN staff and people from the “outside”, in which they are telling their personal life story.
After having exhibited the work in Vienna, the exhibition now travels to Nairobi.
The videos will be presented in form of a large scale projection, combined with an ambient sound installation played on a Marimba.
Dates: June 10 to August 1, 2014
Venue: Village Market
Also, catch the array of events dubbed the Village World Cup Festival taking place at the same venue. Find more info here
Screening: CrossCulture’s Art Series Concludes with MUNCH – 150, Jun. 21& 22 2014 @ Brookhouse School & National Museum Respectively
22nd – Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum of Kenya, Museum Hill
Brought to you by CrossCulture XC presents MUNCH 150 Hailed as a “once-in-a-lifetime show” Global interest was huge – not least as a result of one of his four The Scream paintings having recently set a public art auction record of $120 million. Many know Edvard Munch as the man who painted The Scream, but his complete works are remarkable and secure his place as one of the greatest artists to have ever lived.
Munch 150 was co-hosted by the National Museum and the Munch Museum, both in Oslo. With 220 paintings on show, it brought together the greatest number of Munch’s key works in one place.
Once again XC bring to you, here in Nairobi, behind-the-scenes footage to show some of the process of putting the exhibition together — as well as providing an in-depth biography of a man who lived from the mid-19th century right through to the German occupation of Norway in the Second World War. Special guests will also offer their expert insight and knowledge to host Tim Marlow. Munch 150: A superb show and a fantastic event film.
The 90-minute film provides a Full High Definition walkthrough of the exhibit, in depth commentary about featured pieces and a “behind the scenes” look at the process of putting the exhibition together.
The screening with be followed by a conversation with local Kenyan artist Shabu Mwangi whose work is evocative of Munch’s subject matter and style.
Tickets: Ksh 2,500
More info: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +254 708 757 606
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival showcasing Kenya’s Folk Life, Jun. 25-29 & Jul. 2-9 2014 in Washington DC
Dates: June 25-29 & July 2-9 2014
Location: Washington DC
A wide array of indigenous Kenyan cultural practices will be on display accompanied by exhibition curated by Kenyan artists from all walks of life.
For more info visit http://www.festival.si.edu/2014/Kenya/
Also check out the festival’s Facebook Page
A partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and the Government of Kenya Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts.
This exhibition is part of the ongoing Matatu project which centres on the urban matatu culture. The first phase of this exhibition was a public art project done in the streets of Nairobi earlier this year. It presents street art as a significant art form that is as valuable and powerful as any other.
Dennis Muraguri takes a particular focus on touts, popularly referred to as ‘makangas’. He brings to light the audacious stunts (matatu games) that the touts are famous for.
The artists uses different medium to showcase this unique sub culture whose influence on our society is irrefutable.
The exhibition opens Wednesday, 18th June at 6pm.
Venue: Kuona Trust
Art Exhibition by Moses Nyawanda
Dates: Until June 19 2014
Venue: Que Pasa
When artists congregate for the purpose of knowing each other a creative nest of music and poetry, dance and theater, photography and art will follow.
The aim is to create a space for free creative expression, sharing and learning. A platform to help the creatively and intellectually curious meet each other, build ideas and grow as a community.
* Kiota means nest
** Enyamuchera is the Kisii term for a Wagtail the theme bird for the second edition.
The exhibition features 25 artists from 6 countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda and Ethiopia.
Artists Showing: Dawit Abebe. Cloudy Chatanda, Eltayeb Dawelbait, Kebreab Demeke, Salah Elmur, Tamrat Gezagegn, Wanja Kimani, Ehoodi Kichapi, Otieno Kota, Mbuthia Maina, Vita Malulu, Sidney Mang’ong’o, Henry Mzili Mujunga, Patrick Mulondo, Ulindula Mwakisopile, Ian Mwesiga, Paul Ndema, Eria ‘Sane’ Nsubuga, Michael Soi, Ephrem Solomon, Nadir Tharani and John Taouss Tuyisabe.
All works for this exhibition were carefully selected by Circle’s curator, Danda Jaroljmek with support from Circle Art Agency’s wide-reaching network including: 32º East, Kampala; Nafasi Art Space, Dar es Salaam; Wanja Kimani and Karen Obling in Addis Ababa and Salah Elmur in Khartoum.
For More info visit http://www.circleartagency.com/exhibitions/
Photo Exhibition: The Forgotten People – Palestinian Refugees in Exile, June. 17 – Jul. 13 2014 @ Alliance Francaise
Opening: June 17, 2014
Venue: Alliance Francaise – Ground Floor Gallery
Time: @ 6.30pm
Exhibition Dates: June 17 – July 13, 2014
On the occasion of the 2014 World Refugee Day, historian Dana April Seidenberg presents a series of photos showing the resilience of Palestinians in the face of perpetual despair in Beirut’s refugee camps of Sabra, Shatilla and Bourj el Bourajneh.
The images are reminiscent of scenes from underserved Nairobi neighborhoods with streets teeming with hawkers and traders, busy surviving on a few shillings a day. But unlike Nairobi, the inhabitants of these camps yearn to return to the land of their ancestors. Some 450,000 refugees are registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Lebanon.
These refugees refer to themselves as ‘forgotten people’. Sixty-six years of living in overcrowded camps while managing to survive on limited resources within a restricted legal, economic and social system is a long time to wait!
Is exile without end the way any human being should live?
George Omesa presents “From the vault: the metamorphosis of colour”, an exclusive exhibition of his most recent paintings. In this exhibition, Omesa draws inspiration from our daily life encounters, the optimism of the human soul as it struggles to achieve something greater and the spirituality of our life that shapes our thinking and actions.
Opening Cocktail: 6pm, Thur. 5th June 2014, at Kuona Trust
Exhibition Runs until 15th June 2014