Artists

Offering a visual art retrospective that reflects on a shared sensibility between photographers, writers and other artists, Mbithi Masya has curated a video art installation that expands our 10th year anniversary party from literature to a conceptual space for visual narratives and expression.

Mbithi Masya - Curator & Artist

Mbithi Masya is a multimedia artist and film director from Nairobi, Kenya. He is also a member of the group, Just A Band. With Just A Band he has co-created two successful art exhibitions, including Kudishnyao!, which was hosted at the Rush Gallery in Manhattan, New York. He continues his work as a director on various art, music and film projects.

www.mbithi.me | Twitter: @mbithi

Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu is a Kenyan-born artist who creates, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her work is an active personal critique that engages the complexities of the daily issues, situations, and environments that affect some of the most disempowered beings of our planet. Her elegantly horrific figures lurk in a hybrid world, trapped between consciousness and unconsciousness, silences and noises, life and death, real and unreal. They assert their vulnerability while simultaneously revealing the potency of regeneration and power within. Wangechi Mutu was the recipient of Deutsche Bank’s first Artist of the Year award (2010) and was honored as Brooklyn Museum’s Artist of the Year (2013).  She has exhibited at major institutions including recent one-person shows at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, North Carolina; Staatlichen Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany; Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art; Wiels Contemporary Art Center, Brussels; Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Miami Art Museum.

www.wangechimutu.com | twitter: @mutustudio

Jim Chuchu

Jim Chuchu is a director, photographer and musician from Nairobi, Kenya. Jim is also co-founder and Creative Director at the NEST - a multi-discplinary art space in Nairobi. His first short film - "Homecoming" - premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Festival. He is currently working on his first feature film.

www.jimchuchu.com | twitter: @jimchuchu

Abstract Omega

Abstract Omega is an experimental visual artist dabbling in digital paintings and film.

“I've always loved telling stories and letting people figure the meanings on their own. The key thing I had to add to that and constantly keep developing is the aesthetic value. I've learnt to borrow this from images that I happen to be personally attracted to and consider very beautiful without the care of what other people consider beautiful to them. The representation of this sincere beauty is what I consider to build my little universes.  

My main interests cut across the different themes in life's spectrum: Love, Hate, Violence, Pain, Numbness, Chaos, Death and Desires among many others. I pick on two or more themes (better if the lay polar opposite of the spectrum). Then I construct a playground for them to interact as I document the resulting madness in all its stages.

This is not my profession. It's my obsession”.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/planetabstractomega | Twitter: @danmuchina

Kevin Karanja

Kevin Karanja is a digital designer based in Nairobi, Kenya.He drowns his time with excess amounts of games and anime all in the name of inspiration; which curiously never seems to work. He enjoys creating eye-catching digital pieces and sharing them with the masses. Currently on a long journey of soul searching.

Kinda.

Find more of his work at konation.com

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  • Wednesday
    27.11.2013
  • Thursday
    28.11.2013
  • Friday
    29.11.2013
  • Kwani Trust: 2014 & Beyond

    Time: 10.30am
    By Invitation only

    Cocktail Reception for Chimamanda Adichie with Nigeria High Commission

    Time: 7.00pm
    By invitation only

  • Kwani? Inaugural Annual Lectures I & II

    Time: 11.00am - 1.00pm
    Venue: Room 014, Kenyatta University

    10th Year Anniversary Benefit Gala

    Time: 7.30pm
    Venue: Westhouse
    Ticketed at Ksh 5,000

  • Kwani? 10th Anniversary Inaugural Lecture III

    Time: 2.30pm - 4.00pm
    Venue: 844 Building, University of Nairobi

    10th Year Anniversary Party

    Time: 7.30pm
    Venue: Marshall’s Warehouse

  • Download programme here