The aim of our project is to give insight into the world of contemporary arts in Nairobi.
We want to challenge the stereotypes of 'African Art', and show how multifaceted the creative sector really is.
We chose the city of Nairobi as a base from which to bring some spotlights from East Africa to Europe.
As a medium we have chosen to produce a catalogue in two parts portraying theoretically and visually the cultural aesthetic of Nairobi.
In December 2013 our project team of seven was be in Nairobi for nine days. In this time we visited art centres, artists, galleries, museums, cultural institutions, and observed art in the public arena as well.
What kind of arts are present in Nairobi? How do artists work? How possible is it to make a living from art? Who buys art? Who is interested in art? Is art used for emancipation and political discourse? These and many more questions lead us to a portrait of the city.
Sanaa Mtaani is a project by scholars of the German Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, the foundation of the trade unions.