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Who I Am, Who We Are is an art project which examines the idea of Kenyan nationhood and how this is embodied through our sense of identity and our everyday interactions. The project uses art and self-expression to create spaces and conversations for personal reflection on the themes of citizenry, civic responsibility, race, belonging, ethnicism and nationalism. Two artistic approaches were mainly used to gather material on what it means to be Kenyan today. One, in the form of life-size paintings called ‘body maps’ and the other in the form of recorded interviews through a confidential and public installation called, “In a Silent Room.” Who I Am, Who We Are has collected archival material comprising of 80 body maps with their accompanying stories, 1500 audio recorded interviews in the Silent Room, 9 documentaries, 80 interviews and 2000 photographs. This exhibition will showcase a wide range of photographs as well as screen the interviews conducted.
The material gathered forms the foundation for an exploration of Kenyan identity, post-colonial thought and projections for the future of Kenya. These materials will be housed in a public archive, allowing Kenyans and those interested in Kenya to access the voices and narratives of those who participated in the project.
The exhibition is open from the 15th – 22nd January, Monday to Friday from 1.00 – 6.00 pm.
On Tuesday 19th January 2016, 6.00 pm there will be a public discussion.
The project WHO I AM WHO WE ARE uses art and self-expression to create spaces and conversations for personal reflection on the themes of citizenry, civic responsibility, race, belonging, ‘ethnicism’ and nationalism. Between 2013 and 2015, this project has collected archival material in various part of Kenya comprising of 80 life-size paintings called Body Maps, 1,500 voices recorded in a public installation called ‘In a Silent Room’, 9 documentaries, 80 interviews and 2,000 photographs.
This first major exhibition of WHO I AM WHO WE ARE showcases a selection of these paintings, stories, recorded interviews and films creating a mosaic of voices and impressions on what it means to be a Kenyan today.
Find more information on the project’s blog
Born in DRC in 1964, Xavier Verhoest works with mixed-media to meditate on light and darkness, silence, fragility and mortality.
A collection his works will be on display at Talisman from Feb 19-March 9, 2014.
Photo Courtesy of Talisman Restaurant’s Facebook Page
Exhibition Dates: Until May 14, 2013
Venue: Ground Floor, PWC Tower, Delta Corner, Westlands
A celebration of abstracts by artists: Jason Corder, Justus Kyalo, Sidney Mang’ong’o, Sibylla Martin, Emily Odongo, Xavier Verhoest, Michael Wafula, Peter Walala
Circle Art exhibition
Opening of the exhibit March 17th at 6.30pm by the French Ambassador
Xavier Verhoest was born in Congo in 1964. He studied cinematography in Belgium and has been involved in different art projects in Kenya for the past 6 years. His work is strongly inspired by writers, including Paul Celan, Adonis and Le Clezio (winner of the 2008 Nobel).
This exhibit is his humble effort to construct an image through words, to create a link between what is common to all and what makes us different, to paint a territory that exist between the soul and the universe.