INK & PIXELS – THE WILD AND WONDROUS TALE OF KENYAN COMICS
Sat, May 16 7:00AM - Fri, May 29 3:00PM
Goethe-Institut Nairobi Monrovia Street, Nairobi Nairobi, Kenya
By the time the first colonial newspaper was started in Kenya in 1902, cartoons and comics had already become part of the usual menu in the newspapers in the Western media landscape.
No wonder the strips that ran in these early papers in Kenya and East Africa were imported from the newspaper syndicates and were locally reproduced. In the 1950, the first indigenous cartoons called Juha Kalulu drawn by Edward G. Gitau started running and became the longest running comic in East and Central Africa. Over 50 years later, many other local artists have joined Gitau’s rank and file, and the scene is without doubt vibrant.
The exhibition "Ink & Pixles – The Wild and Wondrous Tale of Kenyan Comics" pays tribute to the trailblazers and celebrates the young generation that doesn’t just have the enthusiasm of youth but they are charting and conquering new frontiers. Works of legendary cartoonists like Terry Hirst, Maddo and Gado will be featured alongside recent sensations like Shujaaz, Roba, etc.
The exhibition will be interspersed with weekly roundtable discussions with key stakeholders in the media, culture and arts and both the old and younger generation of cartoonists.
The exhibition is curated by Chief Nyamweya and Msanii Kimani wa Wanjiru.
OPENING: 16/05/2015, 10.00 AM
EXHIBITION: 18/05/2015 – 29/05/2015, 1.00 PM – 6.00 PM