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(Re)membering Kenya Vol. 2 – Interrogating, Marginalization and Governance provides important insights into the directions that Kenya can take to address the root causes of inequalities, election related violence and exclusion. It suggests a path for sustainable peace in Kenya.
The public lecture series was a critical response to the crisis after the 2007 general elections in Kenya. The talks provided space for intense discussions between academics, civil society and the public. As a result of the initial conversations, the book (Re)Membering Kenya Volume 1 which focused on Identity, Culture and Freedom was published.
Later another round of talks was held and this second volume on Interrogating Marginalization and Governance has been published recently by Twaweza Communications and was edited by George Gona and Mbugua wa-Mungai.
In cooperation with Ford Foundation and Twaweza Communications.
On 9th July 2011 the largest African nation was split into two: Sudan and South Sudan. Preceding that date, a group of young filmmakers from Sudan and Germany felt the need to witness the impact of this unique, historical moment with their cameras. Driven by the interest to understand how these events are affecting the lives of the people in North and South, the Sudanese directors started to follow their protagonists – sometimes friends or family members – asking questions about their lives, hopes and dreams. What will change in your future life? What does home mean to you? How can you reach your personal goals? How do you define your identity?
With the support of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and others, an on-going web-documentary was created, embarking on a visually and emotionally capturing journey into Sudan and South Sudan. From a place with virtually no film infrastructure, young film makers are telling the stories of those whose voices are never heard. In cooperation with Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.
Exhibition: Hamsini [Fifty] by William Wambugu, Sept. 19 – Oct. 18 2013 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium
Exhibition Dates: Until October 18, 2013
The exhibition series Sasa Nairobi is the basis of our work in the field of contemporary art. Since 2008, Goethe Institut Nairobi has exhibited more than 30 artists, the last being a performance by Jackie the 3rd.
They continue this series with William Wambugu, a young emerging artist who uses drawing and sketch as medium. William was trained at an art and design school and attended workshops where he forged his strong individual style. In his work he explores his personal world and perceptions and deducts out of each detail a universal comprehension of the world he is living in.
According to the exhibition’s curator Samantha Ripa di Meana, William is a meticulous observer who is inspired by people and circumstances, but more precisely by objects that surround him. She describes his images as delicate and simple which at the same time have strength and great creativity.
For the first time in his career, William is creating an installation merging all the works he has produced up to now. This exhibition presents for the first time a variety of his self-made scrap books. William uses all kinds of print products that he gets hold of on which he attaches newspaper articles, adverts, drawings and paintings that add a new meaning to the original book.
Presented in the way the street book vendors trade their goods, “William gives to the audience his personal view and perception like a kaleidoscope of humankind” says Samantha.
Dates: September 10-12, 2013
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Time: 5 pm
Book Presentation/Film & Panel Discussion: An Evening with Dr. Auma Obama, May 9 2013 @ Goethe Institut
Dr. Auma Obama, the elder sister of the US president Barack Obama, launched the original version of her memoir in German in March 2011 at the Goethe-Institut. The memoir has since been translated into English.
Dr. Obama will participate in a discussion of her book “And Then Life Happens”, followed by the screening of a documentary film about her life “The Education of Auma Obama” (by Branwen Okpako, 2011).
Dr. Obama studied German at the University of Heidelberg, Film Production at the German Film and TV Academy in Berlin, and later obtained her PhD from the University of Bayreuth in 1996.
The Afrikan Hip Hop Caravan connects artists and cultural educators in five cities: premièring in Cape Town in February, it paved its way through Johannesburg and Harare, will enter Tunis in March and finally reach Nairobi in April 2013.
Hip Hop music has been an important tool for youth to express themselves. Through symposia, the caravan tries to explore the contribution of Hip Hop to community struggles as the basis of a broader struggle for self-emancipation. Moreover, performances act as organic link between the cultural activists and the people who are engaged in daily social struggles.
The performing artists in Nairobi are: Ukoo Flani, Mau Mau, Lness, Ran-D and Vuli Vuli of Makaburi.
Contributors of the Symposium include: Dr. Aggrey Nganyi Wetaba and Dr. Priscilla Nyawira Gitonga, a lecturer at the department of Music and Dance at Kenyatta University. Her doctoral studies set out to explore the contribution of Hip Hop music to the construction of identity of female late adolescents in South Africa.