Foam 3h: Foam in collaboration with African Artists’ Foundation
From May 19 to July 16, 2017, Foam and the African Artists’ Foundation will present a group exhibition by Kenyan artist Mũchiri Njenga, Kenyan artist Osborne Macharia and Nigerian artist Kadara Enyeasi. Their works present a fantastic world in which past, present, future, fact and fiction converge. Their stylised versions of reality render ambiguous what it is we are looking at; utopia, dystopia or real life?
Mũchiri Njenga’s short film Kichwateli (TV-head in Swahili), 2011, is set in a post-apocalyptic African slum. A young boy with a television for a head wanders the streets of an anonymous city, simultaneously broadcasting and recording information as he goes. The film comments on an inter-generational exchange of cultural traditions and a transhumanist belief in biotechnological advancement and robotics.
Osborne Macharia creates monumental portraits of members from invented Kenyan tribes. Through highly stylised Afro-futuristic imagery, Macharia reformulates real events in the history of Kenya, such as British colonial rule and the Mau Mau rebellion.
Kadara Enyeasi is interested in the relation between space and human form. His collages constitute a playful variation on the principles of Western Modernists such as Le Corbusier, while also referencing the graphics of African textile design.
Mũchiri Njenga was born in 1985 in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a self-taught visual artist, animator and filmmaker. Njenga has a background in animation, street culture, and visual effects, which has influenced his passion for storytelling and fed his exceptional style of collaborating African traditional aesthetics with modern digital techniques. He has exhibited his work KT2 at the Lagos Photo Festival, Eko Hotel (2016).
Osborne Macharia was born in 1986 in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a self-taught commercial and advertising photographer, and holds a bachelor degree in Architecture. He has worked with several local and international brands including Coke, Absolut Vodka, MTV Base, Volkswagen, Samsung, Danone, Nestle, Cadbury, Forbes, Pepsi, Guinness, Mercedes, and Kenya Airways. Macharia’s works have featured in several exhibitions in London, Addis Foto Fest, Lagos Foto Fest, Rome, Austria, Bahrain and Rio. His team won Kenya’s first Cannes Lion award in 2015.
Kadara Enyeasi was born in 1994 in Nigeria. He holds a bachelor degree in architecture from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He uses his work, mostly portraits to explore the issues of sexuality, identity and human psychology.
Foam and AAF are the second of three collaborations taking place in Foam 3h 2017, involving photography platforms in Mexico City (Mexico), Lagos (Nigeria) and Yogyakarta (Indonesia) that each operates in a specific local art scene. The initiative offers Foam the opportunity to present young talent from different cultural contexts and to research new developments in local photography discourses worldwide.
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