Far and Beyond

Paintings by Sebastian Kiarie and Chain Muhandi

Opening Wednesday 24th March 2004, 6.00 p.m.

The two artists from Kenya will attend a three months workshop cum exhibition in Germany.

Both Artists, 32 year old Kiarie and 47 year old Muhandi come from Ngecha and were supported and encouraged by the late Ruth Schaffner and her Gallery Watatu. Originally they both worked in batik.

Muhandi addresses the human behaviour in everyday life in his works, adhering to his own style and refusing to follow the trends of the market. In 1999, he worked in Studio House Bonn/Germany as a guest of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Kiarie observes and portrays his contemporaries in a realistic manner, too, but often with an ironic touch.

Dr. Dieter Heinrich, Director of the German School Nairobi has kindly consented to open the exhibition.

Goethe-Institut Auditorium: Exhibition open Monday - Friday 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m., Saturday 10.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m. until 3rd April.

Jua Kali *


An exhibition of photo essays in cooperation with the Department of Design of the University of Nairobi

The exhibition took place at the auditorium of the Goethe-Institut Nairobi from September 17th - 27th, 2003

A dozen upcoming Kenyan photographers (photojournalists as well as advanced students of photography) have explored the Juakali economy in an around Nairobi.

They worked in a two-weeks-workshop on the topic "photo-essay", that means how to tell a story through photographs by using dramaturgical effects and developing one's own narrative style. They looked into the different aspects of Juakali, this typical phenomenon of the informal sector in Kenya with its various economic, social, historic and human facets.

The workshop was conducted by Eva Leitolf, Munich/Germany. Eva Leitolf studied design and photojournalism at Essen University where she graduated in 1994. Then she completed a three-years-course of art at the California Institute of Arts. Since 1990 she has been working as a free-lance photographer mainly for the magazines of the big dailies and weeklies in Germany and the US. She has received several awards for her exhibitions.

* Jua Kali - Kiswahili for hot sun - the informal sector of the Kenyan economy

Starting from Monday, October 20th, you can view all the essays by the photographers. Click on a link below to enter the exhibition:

Part 1: Ronald Michael Kamau and Tom Nyamuki Maruko

Part 2: Luke Njeru Nyaga and Ebrahim Mwangi

Part 3: William Maina and Rebecca Nduku

Part 4: Stevens Muendo and Tabitha Otwori

Part 5: Velma Mwendwa Kiome and Frank Odweso

Part 6: Michael Kamau Mute and Michael Mutinda Mumo

Part 7: Maxwell Agwanda