Conversations in Silence is a collaborative project between 4 alumni of the MFA Public Art of the Bauhaus-University Weimar and 4 artists based in Nairobi with the support of the Goethe Institute of Nairobi, Kenya, and Curated by Sam Hopkins and Potash. I was invited to create a temporary work dealing with memory and national identity in the public space of Nairobi together with a Kenyan artist, Miriam Syowia Kyambi. The other pairs of artists are Deqa Abshir and Dusica Drazic, James Muriuki and Karolina Freino, and Kevin Irungu and Sam Hopkins.
The first part of the project happened in October 2010. We all met with historians, discussed about pre- and post-colonial history of Kenya, visited sites of memory in Nairobi and other towns, analyzed these sites and their real effect, observed the use of public space, spoke about the told and untold history, history makers… All our observations and different stages of our processes were summarized during an artist talk held at the Goethe Institute of Nairobi together with a photo-mind map. The second part of the project will occur in February 2011, finalizing the work and showing the documentation at the Goethe Institute of Nairobi on the 18th.
Kenya’s uplifting advertisement next to the road in Nairobi. A piece of national identity / object trouvé. Photo by Karolina Freino.
Nyayo Monument at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, where you can pose for a photographer and come days later to get your souvenir.