Posts tagged ‘Oliver Okoth’
Dates: Until August 20, 2013
Venue: Le Rustique Restaurant
Born in Nairobi in 1980, Oliver has a diploma in commercial art from Poona University- India.
Question & Answer
This is your first solo exhibition, isn’t it?
Yes, it is and for the first time, an opportunity to show a large number of works. I am exploring here relevant topics of the society: I have diverted from my main source of inspiration which is music to concentrate this time on corruption, tribalism, election, the place of justice, our identity.
Would you see your work as provocative?
I do not want to insult people but I want to express my frustration. We have all let the country down, we have accepted everything. We are caught in a vicious circle for so long, we are the problem as well. With time, I hope we can make changes by reflecting on ourselves and not always blaming the others, our neighbors for example, I believe that education, self-consciousness and ethics can provoke changes and Art is one way.
With this exhibition, I do not feel like an ostrich burying my head in the sand and just for that, the exhibition is meaningful to me.
The National Museum of Kenya Permanent Art collection will be showcased to the public for the very first time
Exhibiting artists: Cartoon Joseph, Moses Nyawanda, Michael Dete, James Mutisya, Moses Muigai, Wilson Mwangi, Erick Wamagata, Oliver Okoth
Dates: November 3-31, 2012
Venue: Creativity Gallery, National Museum
Entry: Museum Rates Apply
When you turn on the radio and hip-hop tunes in, do you think music or din? That is the point that Victor Okoth addresses as he takes us on a musical art journey with striking compositions and installations motivated by hip-hop sounds and lyrics.
The main message in this exhibition, which resonates with American rapper Nas eighth studio album Hip-Hop Is Dead, is that whereas original hip-hop had deep messages that were intended by marginal black youth to shed light on contemporary politics, history, and race, today’s hip hop is caught in fierce crosswinds of vulgarism, bling-bling materialism and violence.
Hip-Hop is important to Okoth precisely because American hip hop artists are to some extend responsible for influencing social behaviour of Kenyan youth. And that is what provoked him to use his artistic expression to analyze hip-hop.
The exhibition begins by highlighting what Okoth sees as good hip-hop and ends with a dramatic installation of a shooting ring.