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A Guide to This Week’s Art Events in Nairobi: Caroline Mbirua Exhibition, Conceptual Art Opening, and Artist Talk

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If you are a lover of art and happen to be in Nairobi this week, you are in luck. This week’s Art Calendar has three exciting events happening on Saturday, May 6th. Here is a guide to help you navigate the art scene in Kenya and make the most of your gallery visits.

Exhibition Opening: ‘Of Savannah Shades’ by Caroline Mbirua at Banana Hill Art Gallery.

The first event on Saturday’s Art Calendar is an exhibition opening by Caroline Mbirua at Banana Hill Art Gallery. Titled ‘Of Savannah Shades’, Mbirua’s exhibition is an exploration of beauty. It also showcases the diversity of the African landscape, particularly the savannah. Mbirua is a self-taught artist in Kenya. She uses a unique blend of mixed media techniques to create her works, which are both vibrant and thought-provoking. Her art invites the viewer to engage with the natural world in a new and exciting way. The exhibition runs from 10 am to 6 pm, and entry is free.

Exhibition poster .Image courtesy of Instagram

Conceptual Art Opening Event: ‘Conflicting Realitie at Goethe-Institut

The second event on Saturday’s Art Calendar is a conceptual art opening event featuring 20 artists of different art disciplines. Hosted by Goethe-Institut and The Centre for Arts and Technology, the event is titled ‘Conflicting Realities’. It is a group exhibition that seeks to explore the complex and often-conflicting realities of the world we live in. The artists involved come from a diverse range of backgrounds, and their works are sure to provoke thought and inspire conversation. The event starts at 6 pm and is free to attend.

Exhibition poster. Image courtesy of Instagram

Artist Talk: Sujata Majumdar in conversation with Jonathan Fraser at Circle Art Agency.

The third event on Saturday’s Art Calendar is an artist talk by Sujata Majumdar at Circle Art Agency. Majumdar is a contemporary artist based in India whose works explore issues of identity, belonging, and cultural heritage. She will be in conversation with Jonathan Fraser, the director of Circle Art Agency. The talk promises to be an insightful and engaging exploration of the intersection between art and identity. The event runs from 2 pm to 4 pm, and entry is free.

Sujay Shah, Field Guides, Passage into the Interior, 2022-23. Image courtesy of Circle Art Agency

If you are a lover of art and happen to be in Nairobi this week, be sure to check out these exciting events happening on Saturday. From Caroline Mbirua’s exploration of the African savannah to the conceptual art exhibition at Goethe-Institut, there is something for everyone. And if you are looking to engage with the ideas behind the art, don’t miss Sujata Majumdar’s artist talk at Circle Art Agency. With free entry to all events, there has never been a better time to explore the vibrant and diverse art scene in Kenya.

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Rose Mwikali Musyoki is a creative writer from Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business and Finance from the University of Embu, Kenya, and is the founder of Bloom Inc, an art startup in Kenya. Currently, she works as a writer for Art News Africa.

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