Category Archives: Nairobi

John Kamicha

Breaking taboos

John Kamicha on his bike in Nairobi
John Kamicha on his bike in Nairobi

“I don’t like people who agree with me!” Discussing, questioning and experimenting are second nature to John Kamicha. As a visual artist he loves to experiment with materials, techniques and content. “I have a very free spirit and without experimenting and questioning things in life I get bored.” Continue reading John Kamicha

Shabu Mwangi

Art & life in a Nairobi slum

“Live is tough. I left my family and started living with other boys when I was 12 years old. I didn’t fear anything but death… I was surrounded by death. It hit my people. I made friends with fellow artists and I saw them die, mainly because of (life in) the crime scene…

Shabu Mwangi at Lungalunga slum dumping site Nairobi
Shabu Mwangi at Lungalunga slum dumping site Nairobi

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Miriam Syowia Kyambi

Coping with yourself

Miriam Syowia Kyambi is a multimedia artist. She made an installation and performance entitled ‘Fracture I’ in which she uses the female body as a tool to express her message. Rose is the main character in Miriam’s story, a woman who is steeped in doubt. She no longer knows where she belongs and is unable to cope with herself either within the context of the rural tradition or urban modernity.

Miriam Syowia Kyambi 'Fracture I'
Miriam Syowia Kyambi ‘Fracture I’

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