The Nairobi art scene has become vibrant again. Sculptors, pencil artists, painters and photographers are back to creating and displaying pieces in galleries.
This was not the case in March. The pandemic affected the culture and arts industry. Galleries closed. Concerts and exhibitions were put on hold. Creatives then took up spaces digitally.
Picha Images presented the first virtual photo and art exhibition titled “Africa Covid Exhibition”. Installation artist Wambui Kamiru Collymore hosted #ArtistConversations on her Instagram page. Several art competitions were held.
Presently, physical exhibitions are now opening.
Recent exhibitions were Camille Wekesa’s “Lattice” at Red Hill Art Gallery. Michael Musyoka’s “Time and Other Constructs” at One Off Contemporary Gallery. Michael Soi and Thom Ogonga’s “Sex and the City IV” at Alliance Francaise. A pop -up exhibition at Village Market.
There are more this weekend. Here are some of the shows we can catch up on this weekend.
Boniface Maina: ‘Waiting, Watching, Wishing’
- Where: Circle Art Gallery
- When: October 28 to November 18, 2020
Boniface’s body of work explores changes to everyday life. For instance, the paintings portray his characters in bondage, desolate and helpless situations. Some move about while others sit on the floor with ropes tied around their bodies.
Paul Kariuki Munene: ’10|20|30′
- Where: Alliance Francaise
- When: October 8 to October 31, 2020
Paul has been documenting the live music scene in the past decade. Here, he presents a collection of 30 black and white photos of performances.
Some of the musicians captured are Achieng’ Abura, Juma Tutu, Makadem, Sauti Sol and Karun.
‘Then and Now‘
- Where: One Off Contemporary Gallery
- When: October 31 to Novermber 22, 2020
This group exhibition features 18 artists and it opens this Saturday.
The artists are Peter Ngugi, James Mbuthia, Simon Muriithi, Sophie Walbeoffe, Richard Kimathi, Bertiers, Camille Wekesa, Anthony Okello, Kyalo Justus, Mary Collis, Beatrice Wanjiku, Thom Ogonga, Peterson Kamwathi, Xavier Verhoest, Mandy Bonnell, Timothy Brooke, Syowia Kyambi and Patrick Mukabi.
Affordable Art Show
- Where: Nairobi National Museum
- When: October 30 to November 1, 2020
More than 125 pieces are on sale at this annual art display. You would be required to make an appointment for today’s visit or walk in any time without one during the weekend.
The Kenya Museum Society organized the event and the proceeds will go towards supporting the National Museums of Kenya.
Michael Soi: ‘No Country for Black Folk’
- Where: Montague Contemporary, New York
- When: October 16 to November 6, 2020
He explores different subjects such as racial injustices, xenophobia, economic disparity and corruption.
While this exhibition is physically displayed in another part of the world, you can see it online here https://www.artsy.net/show/montague-contemporary-michael-soi-no-country-for-black-folk
We wish you a fulfilling weekend!