RENAMING THE STREETS

 

 

The street names in Nairobi are mostly named after the heroes of independence, as a way of remembering them. But when people have forgotten who the person behind the name is, how does it function commemoratively? In a way the important person becomes reduced to a street name, rather than an important figure in history. 

 

This work opens up a space for contemporary commemoration. The invite for the sketches exhibition featured different street names, with the name blanked out and titled 'The street presently known as …..'. A text asked people to fill in the blank with a person they felt deserved to be remembered. The invites were collected during the duration of the exhibition and displayed within the context of the show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010

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PHOTO SERIES, INVITATION / FROM THE EXHIBITION 'SKETCHES' IN COOPERATION WITH GOETHE INSTITUT NAIROBI