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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOGETHER WITH: FRANZISKA LUKAS (CO-CURATOR), PETER MWANGI IRUNGU (PHOTOGRAPHER) MEDIUM: PHOTO COLLAGE EXHIBITION CONTEXT: SASA NAIROBI EXHIBITION SERIES SUPPORTED BY: GOETHE INSTITUT NAIROBI YEAR:  2011

 

TOGETHER WITH: FRANZISKA LUKAS (CO-CURATOR), PETER MWANGI IRUNGU (PHOTOGRAPHER) MEDIUM: PHOTO COLLAGE EXHIBITION CONTEXT: SASA NAIROBI EXHIBITION SERIES SUPPORTED BY: GOETHE INSTITUT NAIROBI YEAR:  2011

 
 

TOGETHER WITH: FRANZISKA LUKAS (CO-CURATOR), PETER MWANGI IRUNGU (PHOTOGRAPHER) MEDIUM: PHOTO COLLAGE EXHIBITION CONTEXT: SASA NAIROBI EXHIBITION SERIES SUPPORTED BY: GOETHE INSTITUT NAIROBI YEAR:  2011

 
 

TOGETHER WITH: FRANZISKA LUKAS (CO-CURATOR), PETER MWANGI IRUNGU (PHOTOGRAPHER) MEDIUM: PHOTO COLLAGE EXHIBITION CONTEXT: SASA NAIROBI EXHIBITION SERIES SUPPORTED BY: GOETHE INSTITUT NAIROBI YEAR:  2011

 
MEDIUM: PHOTO SERIES, INVITATION CONTEXT: 'SKETCHES', SOLO EXHIBITION SUPPORTED BY: GOETHE INSTITUT NAIROBI YEAR: 2011

MEDIUM: PHOTO SERIES, INVITATION CONTEXT: 'SKETCHES', SOLO EXHIBITION SUPPORTED BY: GOETHE INSTITUT NAIROBI YEAR: 2011

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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.