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Sisi Kwa Sisi

Volume 15, Issue 3 | Published 04/02/2019  
More than 50 years after independence Kenya has no national art gallery or a calendar for art events at least state sponsored. Development and dissemination of art has been carried on through individual talent and effort using privately owned galleries, curio shops, foreign cultural centres and a myriad other trials.…

Resistance To Corruption Through Posters

Volume 15, Issue 3 | Published 04/02/2019  
MAZINGIRA INSTITUTE has a very rich archive of resistance materials (T-shirts, Banners, Buttons, Buttons, Posters etc). Here we pick the POSTERS that since 1996 accompanied marches, petitions, and people’s rallies on the specific issue of CORRUPTION. Mazingira Institute’s patriotic project OPERATION FIRIMBI (BLOW THE WHISTLE) AGAINST CORRUPTION, LAND-GRABBING, AND VIOLATIONS…

Art Strategies In 21st Century Protests

Volume 15, Issue 3 | Published 04/02/2019  
The relationship between art and protest is often framed around art that depicts meaningful occasions of a nation’s history often representing resistance and dissent. But when art is detached from its orthodox home of the gallery and created without concern for art-world accolades, it extends art’s potential into areas of…

Mau Mau Wood Carvings Narrative

Volume 15, Issue 3 | Published 04/02/2019  
By Shiraz Durrani The year is 1976. The nation is in the iron grip of a powerful KANU elite which tolerates no opposition to its tyrannical rule, nor any resistance to its anti-people policies. Anyone who dares to challenge the all-powerful armed might of the minority elite in power is…

My Engagement With Protest Art

Volume 15, Issue 3 | Published 04/02/2019  
I grew up in colonial times and became increasingly aware of the racism and injustice which went with it. A significant learning experience for me occurred during the years when I went ‘home’ to the UK where I studied to be a physiotherapist. There I maintained my interest in art…

A Freedom Fighter Laid Low

Volume 15, Issue 3 | Published 04/02/2019  
In the 1970s the then all powerful Attorney General, Charles Njonjo, had commissioned a statue to be built by the late Samwel Wanjau. It was to be placed outside Sheria House but it is said that when the work was completed, it was no longer welcome for its original purpose.…

#NOIMPOSTERSHERE: Nairobi’s Faux Election Posters

Volume 15, Issue 3 | Published 04/02/2019  
In Nairobi, a group of anonymous artists, going by the name #NOIMPOSTERSHERE, interrupted the cityscape with faux campaign posters during the run up to Kenya’s 2017 general elections; their worked protested the control of public space by corporate and political interests and aimed to expand public discourse around politics and…

Aliens at Home

Volume 15, Issue 3 | Published 04/02/2019  
By Elizabeth Orchardson – Mazrui Elizabeth Orchardson-Mazrui taught in the Fine Arts Department in Kenyatta University and has been closely involved with Kenya’s art and artists. The author delves into the discussion of foreign influenced art versus ‘authentic’ African art – readers are encouraged to read the entire article for…