Posts tagged ‘michael soi’
Until: February 11, 2017
We are excited to invite you to our first exhibition this year, which premiers on 26th January 2017, 6:00pm.
Michael Soi opens the doors our gallery this year, giving you an opportunity to own one or two of his art works.
The art works will be selling at discounted prices and 50% of all proceeds will go towards supporting Kuona Trust.
This exhibition runs until 11th February 2017, giving you ample time to view and purchase the art work.
The third edition of the Kenya Art Fair is set to be the best one yet, showcasing vibrant and contemporary art by both emerging and established artists from the East African region.
Participating institutions, galleries, artists and art collectives include: Circle Art Agency, Diani Beach Art Gallery, the Art Space, the Godown Art Centre, Nairobi Bag Factory (Michael Soi), Polka Dot art gallery, Railway Gallery, Banana Hill Art Gallery, Fundi Art Gallery, Umoja Gallery (UG), Karibu Gallery (UG), Njovu Gallery (UG) Brush Tu, Liege Gallery, Fek Fek Gallery (UG), Photizo Gallery, Dust Depo,Wajukuu Art Project, Cyrus Kabiru Art, Samuel Githui, Kamal Shah, Gerladine Robarts, Yassir Ali,Moses Nyawanda, Peter Kenyanaya, Patrick Nganga, Academy of Graphic Technology and the Kenya Copyright Board.
Happening alongside this will be interactive art talks on issues around the visual arts facilitated by various stake holders, special site specific installations, a books area with exciting new art books, and a display of the best submissions from the Wasanii and Grafitti Art competition.
For more information, on the schedule and activities, visit the Kuona Trust website
Until: September 9, 2016
The Women in My Life – Mother, Sister, Daughter, Granny, Aunt, Friend, Life Partner
Born in 1972, Michael Soi graduated in fine art and art history before joining Kuona Trust in 1996. He worked as an arts administrator at Kuona Trust before delving into full time practice in 2010.
Working from his studio at the GoDown Art Centre, he has participated in numerous artist workshops/residencies and exhibited widely locally and internationally and has a huge following of collectors and enthusiasts globally.
With a reputation of producing imagery of commercial sex workers and characters of not-so-reputable character, Soi’s work has been misconstrued to glorify immorality while demeaning women. He has come under immense scrutiny and has had to explain his position/opinion in regard to women. The Women in My Life is the artist’s response to this and is more of a celebration of the fine women who have played an integral part in his life helping shape the human being that he has become. “They have all had a very positive role – socially, spiritually or even those who broke my heart….LOL!” says he.
“The Women in My Life is in a nut shell a celebration of all the women I interact with on a day to day basis. They are all the women in my life. My mom, my sister, my daughter, my best friend, my clients, workmates and the girls I see on the street,” says Soi.
Soi says he is not intent on telling any story but is just documenting the nuances that remind him of some of them. The mundane things like the garment they wear, their preferred hair style, their sunglasses of choice and other little things that remind him of his interaction with them – whether professionally or personally.
This is a very personal statement from the artist as most people only publicly recognize women in their life’s contribution on designated days – International Women’s Day, Mother’s Day etc and rarely do it beyond a bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates. This tribute to women is his acknowledgement of these unnamed individuals who not only continue contributing to his life lessons and his everyday delight but also go a long way to giving him a lifetime of happiness.
Exhibition: Of Ships Passing in the Night, Apr. 27 – May 27 2016 @ Goethe Institut & Alliance Française
Opening: Wednesday 27th April 2016, 6.30 pm
Exhibition Dates: Thursday 28th April to Friday 27th May 2016
Venue: Alliance Française and Goethe Institut
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.
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).
Opening: July 19, 2015
Venue: GoDown Arts Centre, Industrial Area
Time: 3 pm
Exhibition continues until August 14, 2015