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Morris Foit & Gakunju Kaigwa in Conversation.
This is a conversation between Morris Foit, whose work featured in the Common Ground exhibition at NCAI, and fellow sculptor, Gakunju Kaigwa. This conversation traces Foit’s artistic journey, giving insights into his life and practice, and his perspective on the changes in Kenya's arts and culture landscape through the years. Filmed by Densu Moseti ©NCAI
Heri Dono, Peterson Kamwathi, Doris Salcedo & Jonathan Powell, in a conversation moderated by Michael Armitage.
‘War’ is a conversation about conflict, art, and the challenges of working in times of civil unrest. We are joined by Heri Dono, Peterson Kamwathi, Doris Salcedo and Jonathan Powell. The conversation is moderated by Michael Armitage. ‘The Border’ was part of NCAI's exhibition ‘Common Ground’. It is a large-scale drawing in charcoal, completed in 2012. The work was completed as a response to Operation Linda Nchi, a military intervention in Somalia launched by the Government of Kenya to create a buffer between the civil unrest in Somalia and the northern border between Kenya and Somalia.
Paul Njihia, Elias Mung'ora in a Conversation moderated by Ngwatilo Mawiyoo.
This is an artists' conversation with Elias Mung'ora and Paul Njihia, whose work were featured in the 'Common Ground' exhibition, alongside writer and filmmaker Ngwatilo Mawiyoo both who have their work featuring in the exhibition. The three artists will speak about their interest in shared social spaces as it informs their practices, with referece to the works included in the exhibition. Film by Densu Moseti ©NCAI
Dr. Priscilla Gitonga, Wairimū Nduba & Tabu Osusa in Conversation.
In 2014 Ketebul Music released Retracing Kenya's Songs of Protest, a compilation and publication that celebrates how music has played a crucial role in bringing about social change, throughout Kenya's history. In this conversation, Tabu Osusa, Dr Priscilla Gitonga, and Wairimũ Nduba speak about the transformations that have taken place in Kenya's music as the country has moved through different political periods.
Syowia Kyambi & Dr. Annie E. Coombes in Conversation.
Taking place within the context of the ongoing KASPALE exhibition, the conversation between Annie E. Coombes and Syowia Kyambi will unpack performance as a strategy and the use of the archive in Kyambi's practice, paying attention to questions of site-specificity as it relates to place, and the body; time and temporality; and memory and remembrance. Making reference to works featured in the exhibition, as well to earlier works by the artist, they will explore the multiplicity of methodologies in Kyambi’s practice. Annie E. Coombes is Professor Emerita of Material and Visual Culture in the Department of History of Art and Founding Director of the Peltz Gallery at Birkbeck, University of London. Coombes’ research focuses on colonial histories, their legacies in the present and the tensions involved in memorialising such violent histories in the public domain (in Britain, South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria). Her award-winning books include: Reinventing Africa: Museums, Material Culture and Popular Imagination in Late Victorian and Edwardian England (Yale 1994) and History After Apartheid: Visual Culture and Public Memory in a Democratic South Africa (Duke 2003). In 2014 she published Managing Heritage, Making Peace: History, Identity and Memory in Contemporary Kenya, (co-written with Lotte Hughes and Karega Munene). Coombes has always written for contemporary artists, particularly women, whose practice expands our understanding of the epistemic and actual violence of colonialism and its affect for example, Sonia Boyce ; Joy Gregory; Syowia Kyambi ; Senzeni Marasela ; Lisa Reihana ; Tracey Rose; Berni Searle; Penny Siopis; and Carrie Mae Weems. ©NCAI
Syowia Kyambi & Dr Oketch Onyango in Conversation.
Dr. Oketch is a visual artist and writer on culture, politics and public space. His research focuses on the politics of art into life. He teaches in the Department of Design and Creative Media at the Technical University of Kenya. He holds a BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a DPhil in Fine Art from the University of Oxford. Film by Densu Moseti ©NCAI
Syowia Kyambi, Mareike Spaeth & Eike Walkenhorst in Conversation.
Syowia Kyambi, Mareike Spaeth, and Eike Walkenhorst in a conversation around the different practical and theoretical considerations that go into co-creation and developing a deep understanding of artistic practices in various institutional contexts. Mareike's work focuses on historiography and practices of the past in the present. She is particularly interested in entangled histories and heritage of Africa and Europe, their (non-)representation in archives, public places and public history, as well as marginalized narratives. Mareike Späth received formal academic training in Social and Cultural Anthropology, and after some years of researching and lecturing she swopped university for the museum. This was sparked by her interest in joining the broader movement to reconceptualize working with historical, colonial, ethnographic collections. She had the honor to witness Kaspale’s coming into this world while hosting Syowia at the MARKK Hamburg as assistant curator for the museum’s Africa department and she is now working as curator for the ethnographic collection at the Landesmuseum Hannover, Germany. Eike Walkenhorst is a curator and photographer working across different fields and institutions. He studied Arts Management / Cultural Work and Photography (University of Applied Sciences, Potsdam / Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem) and Curatorial Studies (Goethe University / Städelschule, Frankfurt/Main). He founded the Artist in Residence programme INHABIT at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics and has led the programme as curator since 2019. He is interested in artistic works from different disciplines that pursue a research-based approach and embody a critical and poetic approach towards the past and present. Engaging with the various forms and cultures of knowledge, as well as the respective institutions, is also the focus and interest of his work as curator of the Artist in Residence programme. © NCAI
Prof. George Kyeyune & Martha Kazungu in Conversation
Prof. George Kyeyune is an art historian with research interests in contemporary art in Uganda, an area in which he has been published extensively. He is also a practicing artist, working in sculpture and painting. Prof. Kyeyune is one of the contributors for the exhibition catalogue for Mwili, Akili, Na Roho: 10 Figurative Painters from East Africa. For this session, Prof. Kyeyune delves into the influence of Makerere University on the history of painting and art making in Uganda, and East Africa at large. George Kyeyune graduated with a BA in Fine Art from Makerere University, followed by a diploma in education 1986 from the same institution. In 1987 he was awarded a one year Commonwealth fellowship to study sculpture at the Maharaja Sayajiraho University in Baroda, India, where he stayed on and completed masters degree in sculpture. Upon graduation in 1990, he joined the faculty at the Margaret Trowell School of Fine Art. He completed a PhD in History of African Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies, (SOAS), University of London, (2003) Film by Densu Moseti ©NCAI
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