Exhibition: The Pigs of Thika Town, Apr. 28-May 22, 2013 @ One Off Contemporary Gallery
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.