Posts tagged ‘Finland’

Exhibition: Paint & Metal by Mary Ogembo & Dickens Otieno, Dec. 10 2016 – Jan. 14 2017 @ Creativity Gallery – National Museum

Dates: December 10, 2016 to January 14, 2017
Venue: Creativity Gallery, National Museum
Time: Open Daily; 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Museum Rates Apply

Mary Ogembo’s paintings are rich with vibrant Earth colors that bring about the state of the African environment. She is inspired by the African woman and applies unconventional, engaging and fun concepts that overlook the negative stereotype placed on the African woman.

Ogembo is a kenyan born artist who has been working as a full time artist since 1998. She is currently based at the GoDown Arts centre in Nairobi. 2005, she won commonwealth arts and craft award, worked in Ghana as a resident artist for a period of six months at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Her work has been widely recognized by local media in Kenya and other countries including, South African broadcasting cooperation, Featuring Africa Within, CNN Inside Africa 2011 and others.

Collected by: The National Art Gallery of Zimbabwe, The Standard Chartered bank UK and Casoria museum in Italy have collected her work.

Exhibitions: Kenya, France, USA, Egypt, Canada, Finland, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, India, Germany, Lithuania and Abu Dhabi.

Dickens George Otieno’s (B.1979) practice is driven by the search to find meaning and worth in things that seem otherwise useless. Otieno weaves large sculptural fabrics and makes cloth sculpture from discarded drink cans which he collects from local kiosks near his home and studio. He compares the shredded cans to palm leaves which have been used traditionally for weaving through many generations and civilizations.

Clothing is important because apart from covering the body, it is also a statement about the person through the different designs of color, material and even the patterns printed on them which reflects the time and the world today.

Works at: The GoDown Art Centre in Nairobi, Kenya

Selected Exhibitions: Amsterdam art fair(2016), UN.FORM/MULTI.FORM(2016), Kenya Art FAIR (2016), Circle Modern and Contemporary East African Art Auction(2015), solo exhibitions at Nafasi Art Centre-Dar es Saalam(2015), Emerson Hurumizi Zanzibar(2015) and Manjano(2011)
His work is represented in various private collections


December 8, 2016 at 9:47 am Leave a comment

Dance Performance: Trail by Finnish choreographer Tero Saarinen, Dec. 12 & 13 2015 @ Kenya National Theatre

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Dates: December 12 & 13, 2015
Venue: Kenya National Theatre
Tickets: 1,000
Tickets are available on | For more information call +254700045452 or email

Performers and audience are set to engage in a remarkable dance performance “TRAIL” by renowned Finnish choreographer Tero Saarinen on the 12th and 13th of December at the Kenya National Theatre.

“TRAIL” fuses different styles of dance and music and brings together an exquisite group of 12 strong male and female dancers from various regions of Kenya. Renowned European choreographer Tero Saarinen (Finland) and his highly acclaimed artistic team, celebrated in 40 countries across the world, are creating a gripping new contemporary dance production that celebrates the talent, explosive energy and beauty of Kenyan dancers.

With the African continent merged into processes of global cultural flows, African artists are no longer located only in Africa and the African diaspora, but also in the virtual, inter-medial areas, as for instance in video art or the Internet. This post-modern Africa is still often noticed as ‘traditional’, in most cases with a claim for “authenticity”. Contemporary African pieces of dance are ways to build upon this ‘trail’ of authenticity and use the strength of both tradition as well as innovation.

TRAIL is collaboration between Tero Saarinen Company and local organization Ghetto Exposed, supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland as well as the Finnish Embassy in Nairobi.

The project is part of the 50-year anniversary celebrations of the diplomatic relations between Kenya and Finland.

December 3, 2015 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

2nd Nairobi Cultural Festival: Different Colours One People – Visit Emb. Of Mexico Stand, May 10 2014 @ National Museum

This will be the Second Nairobi Cultural Festival in which the following countries alongside Mexico will showcase their cultural expressions and sell typical food and drinks: Switzerland, Germany, Finland, Mexico, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Japan, Botswana, Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya.

There will also be a Children’s Corner, where for a small fee kids can have tattoos and face painting done, do their own paintings and play under supervision.

Date: Saturday May 10, 2014
Venue: National Museum Grounds
The event starts at 10 am and goes up to 5 pm.
Entrance is free.

Day of Cultural Expression is organised by the Research Institute of Swahili Studies of Eastern Africa (RISSEA) that is part of the National Museums of Kenya.

May 7, 2014 at 9:08 am 2 comments

Exhibition: Synthesis – Remixing Locality, May 25 – Jun. 26 2013 @ Le Rustique Restaurant

Synthesis remixing locality
Art Nairobi and Le Rustique are delighted to exhibit Synthesis: remixing locality by 3 artists from Namibia, Finland and USA.

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
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 Ijas
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

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.

May 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm 1 comment

We are the world – Nairobi International Children’s Art Exhibition, Sept. 12-30 2012 @ National Museum

Dates: September 12 – 30, 2012
Venue: Cultural Dynamism Gallery, Nairobi National Museum
Entry: Museum Rates Apply

The theme of this exhibition is ‘We are the World

This is a biannual event that works with children from all over the world. Entries this year are from Kenya, Germany, England, Egypt, Belarus, Poland, Iraq, India, USA, Cyprus, Finland, Bulgaria, Spain and Austria.

The Nairobi International Children’s exhibition is organized by Juhudi Children’s Club and supported by National Museums of Kenya, The GoDown, Sports Station, A24 Media

September 10, 2012 at 6:02 pm Leave a comment

21st European Film Festival, May 10-27 2012 @ Alliance Francaise

Dates: May 10-27, 2012
Venue: Alliance Francaise
Time: Weekdays 5.30 & 7.30pm, Weekends 3, 5.30 & 7.30pm
Tickets: Kshs 50
For more info: Facebook event page

Participating Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland


Full programme and synopsis of all movies available on the Alliance Francaise website:

Community Screening
For the first time the organizing committee will be presenting community screening in Kibera, Mathare and Korogocho in collaboration with Hot Sun Foundation

The Danish film, Kidnappet (Lost in Africa) which was shot on location in Kibera has been choosen for free community screenings on Saturdays (May 12, 19 & 26)

May 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm 4 comments

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