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Exhibition: Of Ships Passing in the Night, Apr. 27 – May 27 2016 @ Goethe Institut & Alliance Française

Of Ships Passing in the Night
“Of Ships Passing in the Night” is an art and photo exhibition which addresses the topic of migration and refuge.

Opening: Wednesday 27th April 2016, 6.30 pm
Exhibition Dates: Thursday 28th April to Friday 27th May 2016
Venue: Alliance Française and Goethe Institut
Admission: Free

Voluntary and forced mass movements have been some of the major phenomena of the last 100 years. Difficult realities and the aspiration towards a better future have compelled human beings to make the dicult decision to move elsewhere. Artists in most societies have created works that address not only the physicality of displacement but also the changes that emerge as a result of migration. Some of these changes are the trauma of forced displacement, the adjustment to new
influences and cultures, the plight of those left behind and the universal desire for holistic progress.

A number of Kenyan artists have interrogated the displacement of mankind in their work. Their approaches to this issue are diverse, ranging from personal and institutional rituals of travel to the anatomy of those trapped in a form of no-man’s land.

This exhibition provides a tiny snippet into some of the artistic engagements around the issue of ‘Migrations and Refugees’ taking place within Kenya. A number of additional practitioners who enrich this exhibition are currently classi ed as refugees. The exhibition has been developed by Peterson Kamwathi, assisted by Thom Ogonga.

Exhibiting Artists: Mugisho Abija, Hassan Abdirahman Barre, Muktar Bashir, Mahet Ecubay, Jackie Karuti, Kivuthi Mbuno, Noor Ali Mudey, Patrick Mukabi, Alpha Mukange Mukangala, Shabu Mwangi, Longinos Nagila, Martin Onyis, Ray Piwi, Michael Soi, Koang Thakiy Stephena, Feleke Gebryes Tariku, Hamwenayo Vivier Tresor and Willy Wambugu.

Photo exhibition
The exhibition uses images from Agence France Presse (AFP), Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) and Kenyan photographers to show the varying experiences of refugees in France, Germany and Kenya. The images show differing attitudes in and approaches by these countries in their eorts to control, embrace and facilitate the lives of refugees. The exhibition has been curated by Carl de Souza (AFP Chief Photographer, East Africa), Kirsten Milhan (Freelance Africa Correspondent, FOCUS-Magazine) and Thomas Mukoya (Kenya Reuters Photographer).

April 26, 2016 at 1:48 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Colour, Shapes, Form & Figures, Until May 3 2016 @ Village Market Rooftop Parking

Color, shapes, form and figures
Dates: Until May 3, 2016
Venue: Village Market Rooftop Parking
Time: 8.30 am – 7 pm

Exhibiting Artists: John Ndungu and Alex Wainaina

April 26, 2016 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Divine Discontent by Beatrice Wanjiku, Apr. 30 – May 24 2016 @ One Off Contemporary Art Gallery

Opening/Private View: April 30, 2016
Venue: One Off Contemporary Art Gallery

Until: May 24, 2016

People believe in certain manners, predetermined conduct often according to pre-described behavioural norms of society. Anything counter to this is normally punished whereas “normalcy” is encouraged and rewarded.

In this series the straitjacket is a metaphor that explores boundaries, the idea of boundaries (social and self) and an imposed system of thought. The works delve into how we are anchored by social conditioning and expectation, always bound at the expense of what we desire. In this series the body of work is a reflection of the outward expression of our inner and intimate existence. The figures in these works explore the duality of the state of being and the natural intrinsic state of fulfilment and happiness.

Beatrice Wanjiku – Nairobi – April 2016

April 24, 2016 at 4:07 pm 1 comment

Exhibition: Democracy My Piss, Apr. 28 – May 26 2016 @ Kuona Trust

Democracy my piss
Opening: April 28, 2016
Venue: Kuona Trust
Time: 6 pm

Exhibition Runs Until: May 28, 2016

This is an art project and exhibition looking at democracy in Africa, taking common observations of political elections in Africa as a starting point.

Often ‘democracy’ in Africa is established by the cycle: Queue – Voting – Dispute/Violence/Compromise – Long years between elections – Stasis – Queue. African politics feature accounts of unconstitutional extension of presidential terms, manipulation of electoral laws, party hopping, patronage and violence, and very rare nominal transitions when an incumbent is out-voted.

On the other end are ordinary people who are subjects to these politics being positioned as bit-players, pawns, the supporting cast to a centralized system of influential men and women but still they queue in millions to vote. Are they exercising a right denied for too long? Is there a need to make a mark even though that mark is mostly ignored? Is democracy an experiment? Is Africa defining its own kind of democracy?

April 17, 2016 at 4:50 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: The Legacy of Joy Adamson Phase II, Apr. 20 2016 @ National Museum

Opening: Wednesday, April 20 2016
Venue: National Museum
Time: 5.30 -7 pm

The Legacy of Joy Adamson Phase II
The second phase of the exhibition showing 57 more pieces of Joy’s paintings of the people, plants and animals of Kenya is complete.

April 17, 2016 at 4:40 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Blurred Lines by Gakunju Kaigwa and Justus Kyalo, Apr. 16 – May 7 2016 @ The Art Space

Blurred Lines
Exhibition Opening “Blurred Lines” by Gakunju Kaigwa and Justus Kyalo

Date: Saturday 16th April 2016
Venue: The Art Space, off Riverside Drive
Time: 12 pm to 5 pm

Exhibition runs until: May 7, 2016

“Blurred Lines” explores the divide between an object that is purely aesthetic and one that is functional.

Kaigwa’s wooden sculptures are at once forms collected from Kenyan landscapes. In one of his pieces the Menengai Crater is sliced to reveal a table top, in another the Loiyangalani River Bed with all its tributaries, form the surface of a coffee table. Kaigwa, inspired by these magical landscapes captures their beauty in art pieces that are then formed into coffee tables, mirrors, seats etc. Combining wood, resin, glass and metal, Kaigwa plays with form and function.

Kyalo manipulates galvanised iron sheeting using acid and paint to create masterpeices that tell the hidden and beautiful stories around the process of disintegration and decay. In this process of experimentation, Kyalo challenges the way we look at beauty and form.

About the Artists

About Gakunju Kaigwa
Born in 1958 and raised in Kenya, Gakunju Kaigwa is a seasoned sculptor who holds a Master’s degree in Public Art from the University of Dundee in Scotland. He has worked as an artist for over 30 years.

Although he began his career in painting, Kaigwa discovered his real passion in the early 1980’s as a sculptor. He works with wood, glass, steel, resin, bronze and many other materials using each medium to express different ideas and forms. Having a naturally curious mind, Kaigwa is inspired by anything and everything, which he then tailors to tell a story through his sculptures.

His work has been shown both locally and internationally.

A mentor to many in the arts industry, Kaigwa also teaches at the International School of Kenya.

About Justus Kyalo
An abstract artist, Justus Kyalo redefines himself through the use of his materials, which in the past have included, canvas, paper and galvanized steel.

Born in 1972 and raised in Kenya, Kyalo has worked as an artist for over 20 years.

His work has been shown both locally and internationally.

April 12, 2016 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

Art Exhibition By Fawaz El Said, Apr. 13 2016 @ BIEA

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Date: 13 April 2016
Venue: BIEA Seminar Room, Laikipia Road Kileleshwa
Time: 6:30 pm

April 7, 2016 at 2:38 pm Leave a comment

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