- The place has turn out to be far more than a meals courtroom the place folks should purchase chemical-free fruit and veggies, recent flowers and cheese.
- It’s additionally greater than an open-air market adjoining to grounds stuffed with rescued animals, all ripe for adoption.
- OFM is a spot the place folks come to chill out and unwind with mates over cups of natural tea, pink wine, kumbucha, or honey beer.
Ever for the reason that Natural Farmers Market (OFM) moved over to the grounds of the Kenya Society for the Safety and Care of Animals (KSPCA), the place has turn out to be far more than a meals courtroom the place folks should purchase chemical-free fruit and veggies, recent flowers and cheese.
It’s additionally greater than an open-air market adjoining to grounds stuffed with rescued animals, all ripe for adoption.
OFM is a spot the place folks come to chill out and unwind with mates over cups of natural tea, pink wine, kumbucha, or honey beer.
It was the Market’s supervisor Dennis Andaye’s thought to strive one thing new by inviting Zihan Kassam to curate an artwork exhibition cum fundraiser for KSCPC, an occasion that simply opened this previous Friday night time with artists and the animal lovers all current.
Zihan is greatest recognized for being an artist herself. However she has additionally been an artwork critic, marketing consultant, and curator who’s organised exhibits in every single place from personal houses to the Kempinski Resort.
With that form of expertise, it was a breeze for her to assemble a few of Nairobi’s well-established painters and sculptors to take part and donate a proportion of their artwork gross sales to the animal refuge.
“I invited artists who I’ve recognized both since I had my studio at Kuona Belief, or since I wrote about them for numerous publications, or confirmed their artwork in earlier exhibitions that I’ve curated,” Zihan advised BD Life simply hours earlier than the present’s opening.
A number of the works should not new. However that doesn’t diminish the worth of early works like Paul Onditi’s adventurous alter-ego Smokey, Lemek Sompoika’s paper collage, Nadia Wamunya’s evocative nudes and even Dennis Muraguri’s matatu prints.
As a substitute, one appreciates the way in which ‘Anima’ (Zihan’s title) has allowed a sculptor like Chelenge van Rampelberg to convey out her first and most treasured wooden sculpture which hasn’t been seen outdoors her studio for the reason that Nineteen Eighties.
However there are many new works as nicely, together with one specifically commissioned for ‘Anima’, an idea Zihan associates with the interconnectedness of all dwelling issues.
Michael Musyoka’s huge 20 toes by eight toes flower-filled mural is a heat and welcoming technique to arrive on the showcase.
“It’s meant to be the centre piece of the present,” Zihan tells us proudly. However then, she is clearly happy with the opposite new items within the exhibition by painters like Michael Soi, Shabu Mwangi, Boniface Maina, Onyis Martin, Wycliffe Opondo, and even the relative newcomer to the native artwork scene, the sculptor Chris Miruka.
It’s uncommon to see assembled such a robust choice of native artists, 14 of whom are Kenyans and one, Nimrod Hanai, a Nairobi-based Tanzanian.
All are visible storytellers with none fairly so severe as Shabu Mwangi whose ‘Lifetime of a Boxer’ reminds us of the ache essentially endured to realize the heights of success.
In distinction, Michael Soi presents three apolitical items, every one that includes his basic African magnificence set in vivid, idyllic scenes.
Boni Maina’s avatar man seems like one other adventurous alter-ego, having fun with life and alluring you to hitch him.
Onyis Martin brings an summary austerity to Anima with a densely darkened piece that retains us questioning what’s happening at midnight.
In the meantime, Munene Kariuki presents one Covid-conscious masked man who’s being dutiful however dulled by the lockdown.
In any other case, Wycliffe Opondo’s model of sign-writing brings a welcomed sense of pleasure to this present, creating graphic jokes that almost all everybody can perceive and luxuriate in.
In contrast to many group exhibits seen across the city, Anima’s sculptures are among the many most show-stopping items within the show.
By far, it’s Chris Miruka’s life-sized scrap-metal sculptures that have interaction public consideration probably the most.
Seeing his horse and buffalo, every wearing a silver sheen and punctiliously crafted with anatomical precision is an attraction that provides Anima its manifest that means.
For despite Miruka’s artwork medium being metallic, his sculptures embody the ‘Anima’ theme of how interconnected are relations between man, animal, earth and the weather. (It’s no surprise each sculptures have been the primary works offered, with 70 p.c of gross sales going to the artist and 30 p.c to KSPCA.)
In the meantime, Irene Wanjiru’s rugged stone and picket sculptures share an analogous ‘anima’ expression of interconnection.
However she provides an additional attraction in that she brings the present throughout the grounds to her Stone Soup Café the place you’ll be able to have a healthful Kenyan meal whereas nonetheless having fun with her stone sculptures scattered throughout the Cafe.
Anima is up at KSPCA by August.