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Exhibition: Sex and the City III by Michael Soi, Thom Ogonga & Onyis Martin, Nov. 6-12 2017 @ Alliance Française


Dates: November 6-12, 2017
Venue: Alliance Française

About
Sex & the City III is an objective look at what the three participating artists – Michael Soi, Thom Ogonga and Onyis Martin are interested in: from courtship, to sex as a tool of uplifting one’s economic status, to same sex relations, as well as the pretence of being liberal.

It looks at the thin line between culprit and victim while re-questioning the subject within the space we line in Nairobi. Sex & The City playfully (in a serious way) explores the burgeoning local sex tools industry, body enhancement and the place of moral institutions in all this.

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November 3, 2017 at 12:05 pm Leave a comment

Exhibit: The Motherboard by Michael Soi, Aug. 30 2017 @ Circle Art Gallery

August 23, 2017 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Exhibitions: Michael Soi, Patrick Mukabi, Joseph Bertiers & Others + Patrick Abungu, May 18 – Jun. 2017 @ National Museum


“Saying the unspeakable in museums” at the Nairobi Museum during the International Museum Day – May 18 2017

Theme: Museums and Contested Histories – Saying the Unspeakable in Museums
Open to public from Thurs 18th May 11am

Exhibition 1: by Michael Soi, Patrick Mukabi, Joseph Bertiers and others
Venue: Creativity Gallery
On Until May 30, 2017

An exhibition by artists who do not flinch from controversial issues.

Exhibition 2: in text and images by Patrick Abungu and Okoko Ashikoye

Venue: Temporary Gallery
On Until June 30, 2017

An exhibition on the abolition of slavery in East Africa and its legacy on contemporary Kenyan society of slave descent.

May 15, 2017 at 1:10 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition: Kenyan Pop ‘n’ Roll, Until Mar. 17 2017 @ Alliance Française

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Dates: Until March 17, 2017
Venue: Alliance Française

Participating Artists: Joseph Bertiers, Michael Soi (Godown Arts Centre), Dennis Muraguri, Lionel Garang, Wycliffe Opondo, Aron Boruya, Alex Njoroge, Anthony Maina (Kuona Trust), Kerosh, Richard Kuria, Solo, Joan Otieno, Blaine, Cephas, Msale (Railway Museum and Dust Depo) and Nduta Kariuki.

About
A visual language derived from local aesthetics and geographies.

March 2, 2017 at 3:32 pm Leave a comment

Exhibition and Sale of Works by Michael Soi, Jan. 26 – Feb. 11 2017 @ Kuona Trust

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Opening Date: January 26 2017
Venue: Kuona Trust
Time: 6:00 pm
Entry: Free

Until: February 11, 2017

About
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.

January 18, 2017 at 4:46 pm Leave a comment

3rd Edition of the Kenya Art Fair 2016, Nov. 11-13 2016 @ Sarit Centre – Westlands

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Dates: November 11-13, 2016
Venue: Sarit Centre, Westlands
Time: 10 am – 6 pm
Entry: Free

About
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

November 7, 2016 at 6:48 pm 2 comments

Exhibition: The Women in My Life by Michael Soi, Aug. 24 -Sept. 9 2016 @ Circle Art Gallery

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Opening/Private View: August 24, 2016
Venue: Circle Art Agency

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.

August 19, 2016 at 5:37 pm Leave a comment

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