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Exhibition: The Bike Gang by Sam Hopkins & John Kamicha, Jan. 15 – 29 2017 @ Goethe Institut – Auditorium
Exhibition Dates: January 17-29, 2017
Perhaps one of the unforeseen consequences of Nairobi’s recent urban transformations has been the emergence of a bicycle subculture. To choose be a biker, as with any subculture, means to adopt an identity, a sense of belonging that runs counter to traditional, inherited identities such as gender or ethnicity. Nevertheless, whilst biking, and other subcultures, seem autonomous from traditional institutions of power, as a means of self-expression they are closely wedded to global capitalism, for which subcultures are simply another form of profit.
Over the last two years Sam Hopkins and John Kamicha worked with strategies of collective filmmaking and collaborative re-enactment to explore what biking means for a group of bikers from Githurai. Here, cycling is less about keeping healthy or about getting from A to B and more about excess, a tendency distilled in the practice of hanging: cycling in the slipstream of trucks on the highway. The Bike Gang is a video installation that situates these moments of extreme athletic prowess within the deeper existential project of this subculture.
For the opening of the exhibition we will embark on a short group ride within Nairobi, so come with your bike.
Admission is free. #BikeGang
The year 2016 has been a significant year for the sexual orientation, gender identity and expression community in Kenya. Petitions to decriminalise homosexuality have been filed and court rulings on matters affecting gay and lesbian people have been issued.
We celebrate the fact that we have safe spaces, separate as they may be but safe nonetheless. We celebrate the efforts of those who have worked tirelessly to ensure that these spaces exist.
With films from Africa and the world over, and conversations with special panelists around queer representation in art, censorship, access to queer literature and art in Africa and safe(r) spaces.
Habineza is born in a peaceful Rwanda. But that is short-lived. In 1959, the fierce Hutu Revolution forces him and his family to flee the country to Uganda – into the fangs of Idi Amin’s ghosts.
Believing that the ghosts of Idi Amin will never be exorcised, Habineza leaves for his home country where he starts a family until the ghosts of 1994 emerge and set fire upon the highly inflammable Army, militia, and the people.
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New technologies and digitalization are influencing how modern societies run – everything from how we access goods and services to how we socialize are continuously being transformed. Computers and mobile phones are often considered necessary tools that are highly valued both at work and at home. With the good comes the bad – our online lives leave us vulnerable to potential security threats as well as open us up to challenges to our personal and societal well-being.
The Goethe-Institut Kenya, in collaboration with Mbithi Masya and Youth Knows No Limits (YKNL), is organizing a Digital Art Festival with the objective to create a forum for dialog, exchange and presentation of digital art.
Five artists have been asked to consider how we consume and interact in/with the digital sphere and how these influence or are influenced by traditional value systems and global trends. Through their medium of choice, they have been encouraged to bring their perspective and style in the exploration of digital possibilities to comment on the social and psychological implications of digital technologies.
The participating artists include Awuor Onyango, Bazil Ngode, Chris King, Melisa Allela and Lenny Njagih as well as Musa Omusi. The festival programme consists of screenings, talks, workshops, an exhibition of the artworks as well as the performance of “Winterreise” by the German artistic research and production collective Institut für angewandtes Halbwissen.
Find an overview of all the events happening during “Space – A Digital Art Festival” on Goethe Institut-Nairobi Facebook event Page
For the very first time the international well-known Semperoper Ballett sends its ballet dancers to sub-Saharan Africa to pursue the question “What is necessary to stage a ballet performance?”
The idea is to provide the audience insights into the daily rehearsal schedule that starts with the practice in the morning.
Women in Music Concert Ft. Navalayo Nazzva, Sage and Sali Oyugi, Jul. 16 2016 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium
Women In Music Concert Series, an offshoot of the Women in Music Forum, is a platform that seeks to promote young women in performing arts. The July 2016 concert will feature performances by Navalayo Nazzva, Sage and Sali Oyugi.