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© Aspha Jak Katarikawe - Our Princess, Princess Bagaya
MWILI, AKILI NA ROHO

Michael Armitage. Paradise Edict

22 May 2021 -19 September 2021
Royal Academy or Arts, London, Ukay

Opening at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, this Saturday 22nd May is Mwili, Akili na Roho, a group exhibition featuring work by six contemporary East African artists: Meek Gichugu, Jak Katarikawe, Theresa Musoke, Asaph Ng’ethe Macua, Elimo Njau and Sane Wadu. The show travels from Haus Der Kunst, Munich as part of Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict and presents work that covers a range of figurative practices in East Africa between the 1970’s and 1990’s.

 

One of the 31 works on view at the exhibition is “Our Princess, Princess Bagaya” by Jak Katarikawe. Before 1998. Oil on cardboard, 63.5 x 51 cm. Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main; Jochen Schneider (1939-1997) ©️ 1978-2018 Jak Katarikawe estate. Photo: Stephan Beckers

 

Friends in London can book a time to see the show on the @royalacademy website. Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict is on view from 22nd May - 19th September 2021.

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© Aspha Ng'ethe Macua - Guthekio Ti Kwendwo
MWILI, AKILI NA ROHO

Michael Armitage. Paradise Edict

4 September 2020-14 February 2021

Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

NCAI is please to be contributing to the exhibition "Michael Armitage. Paradise Edict" at Haus der Kunst with a single room display of a selection of the East African artists Asaph Ne'gethe Macua, Elimo Njau, Theresa Musoke, Jak Katarikawe, Meek Gichugu and Sane Wadu. Assembled under the heading "Mwili Akili, na Roho" ("Body, Mind and Spirit"), the works cover a range of figurative practices from the 1970s to the 1990s, by artist who were both formally trained as well as self-taught.

The exhibition "Michael Armitage. Paradise Edict" is organised by Haus der Kunst with the contribution of NCAI, and is curated by Anna Schnieder, with assistance from Dimona Stockle.

SANE WADU
Bless this our daily bread
Bless this our daily bread

© Sane Wadu

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Detail - Guarding the goal
Detail - Guarding the goal

© Sane Wadu

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Village scene
Village scene

© Sane Wadu

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Bless this our daily bread
Bless this our daily bread

© Sane Wadu

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A RETROSPECTIVE

Coming Soon

NCAI is excited to present the first retrospective exhibition of the painter, poet and writer, Sane Wadu. Wadu came to prominence in Nairobi in the mid 1980s when he began exhibiting paintings at Gallery Watatu. His acutely critical paintings and writings reflected upon society, culture, religion and the governments of his time. His presence  and extraordinary body of direct narrative paintings was pivotal in the creation of the Ngecha Village artists collective. The Collective formed of largely self taught artists, began a movement that came to dominate ways of making and thinking in the Kenyan art scene throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Starting with the very first painting that Wadu made in gouache on paper, 'Bless This Our Daily Bread' in 1984, this exhibitions follows the artists changing language, materials, subjects and ideas over more than 30 years.