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Exhibition Runs Until: June 26, 2013
Anthony Okello’s exhibition opens at One Off and very topical it will be. This coming week his diptych will come up for auction at Bonhams in London at their annual ‘Africa Now‘ auction. This work from his Masquerade series has also been chosen for the invitation to the event (shown below).
Other works from the same series will feature in this exhibition.
Anthony Okello is a graduate of Buru Buru Institute of Fine Art. He went on to make art in earnest when he joined the Kuona Trust at its National Museum site.
In this exhibition, Okello’s explores the human psychology of disguise and the covering of true identity. He says the ‘masks hide the real intention of the wearer’.
For the past five years he has simultaneously been producing works which depict his interpretation of tribal allegory and mythology. Whilst the auction at Bonhams this week will be the most public exposure of Okello’s ‘Masquerade series’ in Britain, two of the works from this other series already exist in the private collections of Robert Devereux and Robert Loder.
Okello has exhibited his work extensively at home as well as in Uganda, France, Holland and India.
Unsellable Art! What goes on in the mind of an artist? This thought provoking and educative exhibition organized by the Network of Kenya Visual Artists (NKVA) provides an interesting view of the extremes of an artist.
Opening: May 21, 2013
Venue: Creativity Gallery, National Museum of Kenya – Museum Hill
Time: 6.30 pm
The artists will be available in the gallery throughout the exhibition to give you an insight into their thoughts.
Exhibition Runs Until June 4 2013
Entry: Museum rates Apply
Other NKVA exhibitions running concurrently in Mombasa and Kisumu
Alliance Française de Mombasa May 17 – June 7, 2013
Kisumu Museum: May 25 – June 8, 2013
Opens at Le Rustique restaurant on May 25, 2013
Exhibition Dates: Until June 26, 2013
Exhibiting Artists: Nicky Marais – Namibia, Mikko Ijas – Finland and Andries Fourie – USA
Nicky Marais is a Namibian painter and mixed-media artist. She employs a vocabulary of abstract forms and colour relationships that originate primarily from the Namibian landscape. Her paintings evoke a variety of geological landforms, plants as well as the material culture of her arid, sparsely populated and ruggedly beautiful homeland.
Nicky Marais is a Namibian artist, activist and educator who lives in Windhoek, Namibia, and heads the Visual Arts Department at the College of the Arts.
Mikko lives and works in Helsinki. The means this artist uses to execute his drawings is everything but traditional. By combining the disciplined observation and skill of a traditional draughtsman or painter with the capabilities of contemporary digital equipment and technology (ipad), Ijas produces luminous and colorful drawings that are new and familiar at the same time. In his drawings, Ijas balances an interest in perception and realism with meaningful, productive distortion. In doing so his work is in dialogue with the history and traditions of painting while he also acknowledges the influence of contemporary artist like David Hockney, who explores similar interest in drawings on hand-held electronic devices. Written by Andries Fourie
Ancestral Voices: From Slaves to Matriarchs
This body of mixed-media works on paper addresses the role of South and Southeast Asian slave women, transported to South Africa by the Dutch in the 17thand 18th century, in shaping Afrikaans language, culture and identity. The aim of this work is to acknowledge this painful history, and to celebrate the diverse, non-western roots of Afrikaans culture.
While the work examines the influence of slave women in general, it also does so by focusing on the lives of two of the artist’s own slave ancestors: Ansela van Bengale and Catharina van Palliacatte.
Andries Fourie was born in Tshwane (Pretoria), South Africa in 1968. His work deals largely with contemporary and historical aspects of South African culture. In 1989, he immigrated to the United States. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Willamette University in Salem Oregon, where he teaches sculpture.
Photo Exhibition: By Mexican Photographers from the Revolution, May 22 2013 @ Zapata Mexican Restaurant – Parklands Plaza
The Embassy of Mexico and the Zapata Mexican Restaurant have the pleasure of inviting you to the opening of a photo exhibition, From the Kitchen to the Eye and The White Liquor of Mayahuel Goddess by Mexican Photographers from the Revolution – Casasola Brothers
Opening Date: May 22, 2013
Venue: Zapata Mexican Restaurant – Parklands Plaza, Ground Floor
Location: Chiromo Lane/ Muthithi Rd
Time: 6.30 pm
RSVP: email@example.com / 0700 751842
Exhibition Dates: Until June 7, 2013
Akili Dada Happy Hour: Art, Education & the Future of Creativity in Kenya, May 16 2013 @ Kuona Trust
Akili Dada, a leadership incubator for young Kenyan women, is thrilled to be partnering with Kuona Trust, a centre for the visual arts in Kenya, for a Happy Hour event on Thursday, 16th May from 5:30-8pm at Kuona Trust’s beautiful garden space in Kilimani.
In addition to mingling and enjoying the creative atmosphere of Kuona and the studios of its talented artists, a panel of speakers will engage attendees in a conversation on the theme “Arts, education, and the future of creativity in Kenya.”
- Boniface Mwangi, photographer and founder of Picha Mtaani and Pawa254
- Sylvia Gichia, Director of Kuona Trust
- June Gachui, Lawyer and Performing Artiste
- Judy Ogana, General Manager of The GoDown Arts Centre
- Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Founder of Akili Dada
Beverages and bitings will be available to purchase.
Cost of entry is 500 ksh at the door, which includes one free drink from the bar. The event is open to the public
Proceeds will support the work of Akili Dada.
At Creatives Garage we are having an open day which also coincides with our first anniversary so we merging the two for a Turning One Party.
We will be having exhibitions from different creatives as well as Performances.
Date: May 18, 2013
Venue: PAWA 254
Entrance is free
Exhibition Dates: May 12 – June 23, 2013
Entry: Museum Entry Fee applies
Mwangalio Tofauti II is a Photographic Exhibition by Kenyan Photographers who take an Artistic Social Documentary Approach.
Participating artists: Alex Kamweru, Amirah Tajdin, Julian Njoroge, Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Paul Munene and Philippa Ndisi-Herrmann.
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Exhibition Dates: Until May 14, 2013
Venue: Ground Floor, PWC Tower, Delta Corner, Westlands
A celebration of abstracts by artists: Jason Corder, Justus Kyalo, Sidney Mang’ong’o, Sibylla Martin, Emily Odongo, Xavier Verhoest, Michael Wafula, Peter Walala
Circle Art exhibition
Exhibition Dates: Until May 26, 2013
Venue: Alliance Française
The documentary Slave Routes: A Global Vision, a UNESCO production will be screened on this occasion.
Opening: Thursday, 2nd May, 5.30 pm – 8.00 pm.
Venue: Ukumbi wa Maonyesho @ The Kenya Cultural Centre (National Theatre) Harry Thuku Rd, Opp. the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel.
Dates: May 2-31, 2013
Working days : 10.00 am – 4.30 pm Or by appointment.
Contacts: Host : +254 722739894/ +254 726 008677 (Aghan Odero Agan, Director The Kenya Cultural Centre) Curator + 254 722 457 111 / firstname.lastname@example.org (William – The Little Art Gallery Ltd)
Dates: 25th Apr-24th May 2013
Venue: Le Rustique
Born in 1985, the artist lives in Mukuru slum. Deeply rooted in his community, Shabu has always been working as an activist and artist, he is the co-funder of Wajukuu art center and is a member of Art2Be, an organization improving the lives of marginalized groups using artistic and therapeutic methods.
Most of Mwangi’s works are moments, which passed without any acknowledgement from within the system and in public view.
It is his reaction on behalf of the minority who exist in the absence of the majority.
Shabu Mwangi gives us a tale of the inside, a broken silence where the faces and the bodies do not need any narrative interpretation. The beauty and the importance of these works proceed from a personal experience and from fundamental emotion, these are shades of light and dark. Like an incessant path between strength, weakness and pain, these works put us in the place of the artist and the viewer, a constant reminder that questions related to our existence are fundamental.
Opening: April 28, 2013
Venue: One Off Gallery
Time: 11am – 5 pm
Dates: Until May 22, 2013
Thika is also popular for its delicious grilled pork popularly known as ‘pork choma’. Travelers using Thika Road stop over at the town for this delicacy. There are numerous butcheries in the town selling both uncooked and ready to eat spare ribs. Thika is also a very clean town. Pigs are reared in farms outside the town, they are then slaughtered and brought in as meat. THE ONLY PIGS YOU WILL FIND IN THIKA TOWN ARE DEAD ONES !
This exhibition is not about pigs, it is about people. It is about our society, our politics, the economy. It is about morality and the lack of it, it is about greed and filth and disregard of the rule of law. Impunity and the ‘you should know people ‘attitude. It is about corruption and the selfishness in our society. And most of all, it is about INTELLIGENCE, which surprisingly pigs have!
Just like my town and indeed the country as a whole, my work is in constant change as I seek new ways and techniques of expression. Big crowds of people gathering together for a common goal are reminiscent of the big lines we experienced on March 4th when we voted. Patterns and repeat motifs signify the trend in our politics. A campaign poster with ridiculous manifestoes and promises. A trend in society where men display military style organisation when it comes to their favourite soccer team or their drink. Trends which the international media might regrettably mistake for violence. Hence the need to distinguish between the real and the counterfeit, from the vicious looking crocodiles imported from China and the fish hanging dead in a hangman’s noose to the pig prints on the blankets of Fulilia Hotel, each piece is connected to the other in one way or another. THE PIGS OF THIKA TOWN serve as the start of a new direction in my work.
Gor Soudan puts things together: scraps of paper, cartons and old newspapers, plastic bags and more recently protest wire. His “Crow Series”, “Angry Birds”, and the latest “Eatings” are an observation of the meaning of social, economic and political mutations. He will be showing at the Talisman restaurant from 16 April to 7 May.
The Alliance Française exhibition walls are resplendent with African Art from 8 Francophone African countries: The Ancient Kingdom of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, and Mali.
Dates: Until April 28, 2013
Venue: Alliance Française, Ground Floor Gallery
The Arts of Africa constitute one of the most diverse legacies in the world. The objects on display are part of the commercial collection of Aberahaman Njingou and Mounchigam Arouna from West Cameroon.
The diversity of ritual and ceremonial masks on display highlight the importance of masks as mediators between the living world and the spiritual world in traditional African societies.
Exhibition: Close Encounters by D. Webster, D. Otieno & F. Wangui, Mar. 22 – Apr. 25 2013 @ Le Rustique Restaurant
Dates: March 22 – April 25, 2013
Venue: Le Rustique Restaurant
Snacks and drinks available, courtesy of the incredible chefs of Lime Catering by Lulu Keeble
Date: Saturday 23rd March, 2013
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: Spring Valley Road, 93B. Off Peponi Road
Featuring the likes of…
Kapoeta by Ambica – Couture Featherworks
Unbound Ether Silks – One-of-a-kind silk garments
Sea Garden – Crystal Healing and Alternative Therapy
Silverworks by Njee – Silver cutlery adornments
Chilli Mango – Kanga hoddies, wicked graphic tees
Otenge by Pauline – Kitenge Earrings and other goodies
Kradle Kreations – Knitwear & warm fuzzy baby apparel
Pink Impala – Unique twist to interior decor and accessories
Michelle Verwiel – Innovative belts & necklaces made from recycled metal fused with suede and leather
Shangilia -Leatherworks by Lucy Cameron
Pink Bush – Eclectic Jewelry
Kenya Bamboo Centre – Bamboo Furniture and Crafts by Kibera based CBO using Bamboo as a renewable resource & Metal and Boneworks by Steve – recycled brass, aluminum, horn and bone supporting youth in Kibera & Featuring the sustainable Community Based Project Ruby Cup – Menstrual Cup
Featuring the photography exhibition through my eyes done by the children of Vision Africa
Dates: March 25-April 12, 2013
Time: 1-6 pm
The exhibition series Sasa Nairobi is the basis of Goethe Institut’s work in the field of contemporary art. Since 2008, GI has exhibited around 30 artists, the last being a solo show by Mimi Cherono Ng’ok. Now they continue this series with the Kenyan painter Michael Soi. Being the son of one of Kenya’s well-known painters, Soi is a member of what can be termed as the second generation of Kenyan artists that emerged in the late 90’s.
His paintings are inspired by the city of Nairobi and revolve around its political, economic and social aspects. With satire and a humorous gaze he thus comments on political impunity, greed and Kenya’s growing sex industry.
The exhibition The Face of Nairobi is an ongoing portrait series, depicting Kenyan women. Soi refers to the show as “a celebration of the mother, the sister, the aunt and the daughter. The work on display is from a series of 42 paintings, all portraying Kenyan women from all over Nairobi who can occasionally be seen walking down the street, in the bar or in the church.”
Exhibition Opening: Saturday, 23rd March 2013, 7 pm
Exhibition: Monday to Friday, 25th March to 12th April 2013, 1 to 6 pm