Visions & Possibilities
28 November – 6 December 2023
An exhibition by emerging contemporary Kenyan artists, in collaboration with Kenya Cultural Centre and the Kenya High Commission
Kenya Cultural Centre together with the Kenya High Commission in London are proud to present the Inaugural Exhibition of Contemporary Kenyan Art in London, themed Kenyan Artists: Visions & Possibilities, culminating in the Jamuhuri Day Celebrations in early December. The exhibition aims to support the professional development of young underrepresented Kenyan visual artists while positioning Kenya as a global contender in contemporary visual arts.
Emerging from a continent steeped in a rich and captivating history, set against an awe-inspiring natural backdrop, our exhibiting artists—all under 35—offer their unique perspectives on a rapidly evolving era.
Hailing from diverse backgrounds and wielding an array of innovative styles, techniques, and materials, they expertly capture the heartbeat of contemporary Kenya. Their work invites us into a captivating dialogue about the nation’s emerging visions and possibilities.
These artists deftly craft new identities through a people-centred approach, delving into portraiture and the intricacies of the human form. Skilled storytellers, they focus on human connections and interactions with their surroundings, conveying this through vibrant colours and patterns rooted in their rich cultural heritage. They capture the vibrancy of youth, challenging values and questioning social constructs. For these artists, ‘art is the medium through which they express their boundless creativity.’
Exhibiting artists include Anne Onyango, Brian Kimani, Chesta Nyamosi, Clinton Odhiambo, Cynthia Ngunjiri, Denis Cheruiyot, Eugene Kimotho, Henry Nyagudi, Lein Brian, Mark Maganga, Melissa Joe, Quinter Achieng, Ron Enoch, Sharon Ekonge, Simon Marui, Stephen Ogallo, Ted Mwaniki and Clara Chebet.
ABOUT KENYA CULTRAL CENTRE
Kenya Cultural Centre is a semi-autonomous government agency whose mission is to safeguard, promote, celebrate, and develop culture, arts, and creativity, its main goal is to serve as a Centre for Excellence in the promotion of Kenyan arts, culture, and creativity. Established under the Kenya Cultural Centre Act CAP 218, the Kenya Cultural Centre (KCC) is mandated among other things, to provide for the exhibition of works of art and crafts.
ABOUT KENYA HIGH COMMISSION IN LONDON
The Kenya High Commission in London was established in 1963 to pursue Kenya’s national interest in the United Kingdom. The diplomatic mission in London is also accredited to the International Maritime Organization and the Commonwealth of Nations. Kenya and the UK enjoy cordial relations, and the mission’s mandate is to forge closer relations between the people of Kenya and the people of the United Kingdom in pursuit of deeper bilateral and multilateral cooperation in trade and investments, culture, science, and technology as well as other fields for mutual benefit.