FEATURED ARTIST OF THE MONTH

Featured Artist Naitiemu(Kenya)

The behaviour of tangible and intangible materials intrigues me. The patterns they go through connect with human psychology. I am a Production, Material and Performance Artist. 

I merge scientific principles with artistic concepts through my technical understanding of material science, supported by a Bsc degree in Civil Engineering. This has influenced an experimental approach to material manipulation, involving optical, video and audio concepts.

I love working with creatives across different genres. I’ve worked across art, photography, music, apparels, jewellery, film, real-estate projects and continue broadening my practice.

Merging different elements and principles allows me to explore the multi-dimensionality of art. A piece of artwork can transform into many forms, but the emotion evoked remains the same.

Experience

Nairobi  Design Week (NDW) (Sept 2019-Present)

Artistic director on creative projects; including the  Lotus  of the  Nile  , a digital game exhibited at the London

Design Biennale, July 2021.

Festival  management & production  for  NDW ; and several  supporting  campaigns,  including  physical  and digital participation throughout the year.

Knowledge,Art & Networking Residence (KAN) (Jan 2020)

3-week hands-on residency, with 8 other artists from  around Africa,  invited by  MS TCDC supported by ActionAid  Denmark for  the 2nd   edition  of  the KAN  festival  that took place  between Jan 22nd-25th in Arusha,Tanzania.

Created ‘Afrika  United  installation’,  12 sculptures  and did a performance art piece all in collaboration with

Congolese multidisciplinary artist Koko Kabamba.

Kilifi New Year Festival (Dec 2019)

Created the installation MEET GOD which aims to address the theme of Self- identity with the approach of environmental conservation through upcycling plastic bottles.

This was for Kilifi New Year Festival 2020. Over 1000 plastic bottles were repurposed.

Tafaria Residency (0ct-Nov 2019)

A 6-week art residence program, hosted by Tafaria Castle located in Nyahururu,Kenya.

Led a one-week workshop on  upcycling plastic waste materials for kids (aged 7-11 y/o)  from  a local school within the neighbourhood.

Designed  and created ‘The  Path;  stories  of  African  games,’  an  art installation   that aims  to uncover the history and evolution of African games through storytelling.

The story contributors  include  participants  of  African  Crossroads 2019  Event from  various  countries  in Africa  who  filled a  questionnaire about their personal interaction with games in the past,

with thanks to Hivos. The project is supported and facilitated by Tafaria Castle under their Artist in Residence program.

Karen Village Residency -April-May 2019

A 6-Week residence program hosted and supported by Karen Village, Nairobi, Kenya.

Created paintings on  canvas, redesigned the reception desk, participated in Pecha Kucha Presentation, created a  mural  with  the kids  from  the community,  and another mural titled ‘Higher Beings’ on  a 3*15 m wall

Switch-a-roo Residency – Nov-Jan 2018

Collaborated with French and Kenyan artists in creating murals with the community within Nairobi City and

Slums such as Kibera, Kawangware and Mathari.

We extended participation with the community in Kilifi.

To further our  collaboration,  we had an  Exhibition  at Alliance  Francais  in Jan 2019  themed ‘A  colorful connection.’

Exhibitions

•Absa  Art  Gallery  for  Klein  Karoo  Nasionale  Kunstefess  Festival,  (KKNK)   South Africa,  until  Sept 2021

•London Design Biennale 2021- under the theme ‘Resonance’- July 2021

•SondekaAlt Festival by Creatives Garage – May 2021

•Nairobi Design Week 2021 festival – art direction – April 2021

•‘The Castle’ Exhibition, an online game, by Arthousehaus, London- Feb 2021

•Dutch Design Week – Oct 2020

•The Wakanda Alliance Hybrid  Event at Urban King Life Center, New York – performance Art piece ‘ The Human Family’ Sept 2020

•Covid-19 Social  Distancing Group  Exhibition at One-o    Gallery – July/Aug 2020

•‘Art in the Time of…’  Creatives Art Auction by Kikoromeo – June 2020

•‘Repetition’ Performance during Lock-in Festival by Creatives Garage – May 2020

•The Y’rimu Collection at Nairobi Design Week Festival – March  2020

•Cradle Arts Festival Performance Art – Oct 2019

•‘Mannequin’ Performance during Nairobi Design Muzes – Aug 2019

•‘A Glimpse of East Africa’ Group  Exhibition under Artyrama in Victoria Island,Lagos, Nigeria – March 2019

•‘A  colorful  Connection’  Group  Exhibition  at Alliance  Francaise  , Jan 2019  to Feb 2019  , under a collaborative project with French Artists (SASF) in the Switcharoo Organization

•Public  Painting   on  Board ,’PHASES’1.5m  wide * 3m  high  – PAWA FESTIVAL 254(  empowering the public on their rights ) Koinange Street, Nairobi- 2018

•Duo Exhibition  ‘IDENTITY’ – The Attic Art Space, Nairobi – 2018

•Group  Exhibition ‘Árt in November’- Under BetaArt Organization at Muthaiga Heights, Nairobi- 2018

•Absa  L’Atelier Group  Exhibition ,Johannesburg – 2018

•Solo Exhibition ‘ME MYSELF & I’ – BIEA Kileleshwa, Nairobi- 2018

•‘Generation Y’ Group  Exhibition under Retro Africa  in Abuja ,Nigeria- 2018

•Group  Exhibition- Kenya Artists Diary ,Alliance Francaise, Nairobi- 2018

•Group  Exhibition- Kenya Art Fair, Sarit Center, Nairobi- 2017

•Group  Exhibition- Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi -2017

•Group  Exhibition- Manjano Exhibition, Village Market, Nairobi- 2017

•Group  Exhibition- Uganda JamaFest- 2017

•Public Exhibition at Nairobi CBD- ‘MY MAASAI’ Photography works by Mohammed Altoum – 2017

•Duo Exhibition ‘TWO ARTISTS’ – UNEP Recreational Centre, Gigiri , Nairobi–  2016

•Group  Exhibitions – Arts to End Slavery, Shifteye Gallery & The Kobo Trust Foundation- 2016 & 2017

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