Our September Hang-Ups – Let’s forget Nigeria this month
Our Hang-up for the month September. Art from Kenya and Ghana.
Paul Onditi is based in Kenya. He is a straddling the line between being global and being African. His ideas are derived from his particular environment – the degradation of society on a variety of levels. The physical, as infrastructure encroaches on nature. The existential, as the moral fabric of societies unravel. His observations might come from his location in Nairobi but his ideas and the expression of these ideas resonate on a global level.
Michael Soi creates these bold, cartoon-like canvasses from Nairobi detailing the craziness around him in his simple, emphatic way. He talks about politics, prostitutes, life. His expression is visceral and lively.
Eltayeb Dewalbait is Sudanese and lives in Nairobi. He finds faces – over and over. In old doors, old cupboards, old wood generally. He looks for the soul of these bits of old discarded wood – their stories and their histories. The faces are the same, yet different. Each one is a portrait of humanity.
Fitsum Berhe Woldelibanos is Ethiopian and works from Nairobi. His figurative artworks explore the people around him – their aspirations, connections, histories. He has a light touch – a delicate way of revealing his characters – their joys, their dreams, their lives.
Lemek Tampoiki is based in Nairobi. He has an affinity for pastel that has dictated the tone of his art. Many of his recent artworks are mixed media explorations combining the simplicity of his pastel with the urgency of news clippings. His pastel figures have evolved into androgynous figures expressing a common, bias-free humanity.
Nii T. Mills is Ghanaian. He schooled in Kumasi and works in Accra. His artworks explore Accra life – the streets, the beaches and the people.