The Artists

Arlene Wandera (b.1981, Nairobi) holds a BA in Fine Art from The Slade School of Fine Art, London. She works with multiple mediums, including sculpture, installation, performance and image making - mainly constructed using common, discarded and forgotten materials.
Her work is driven by her experiences, exploring her childhood memories, complex interactions and notions of identity. The antagonism between Wandera’s heritage and present also informs much her production process, woven into subtle and poignant narratives.

Mwangi and Hutter were born in Nairobi, Kenya and Ludwigshafen, Germany. They merged their names and biographies and became a single artist - Mwangi Hutter. Working with video, sound, photography, installation, sculpture, painting and performance, they use themselves as the sounding board to reflect on changing societal realities, creating an aesthetics of self-knowledge and interrelationship.

Paul Onditi (b. 1980, ) studied art at the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Germany. His paintings explore richly layered images through the use of highly experimental, labour intensive techniques. Filmstrips, prints, transferred images, pared down layers of pigment, caustic acid and thin layers of oil paint are patched together to visualize an imaginative world that unpacks chaos, divisions, tensions and nuances of urban and contemporary existence.

Peterson Kamwathi (b. 1981, Nairobi) studied animationat Shang Tao Media Arts College in Nairobi. Hisworks are highly conceptual, with the thematic focusrooted in the Kenyan contemporary context, exploringthe place, role, symbolism and meaning of processions and groupings within contemporary ceremonies andpolitical protocol.

Richard Kimanthi (b. 1971, Nyeri, Kenya) has a Diploma in Graphic Design from the Nairobi Creative Art Centre. His practice as a painter is one of austerity and honesty - from the application of color, the compositions and the themes of his paintings, which take the forms of simple narratives, propelled with profound philosophical depth and of humor - elements that simplify complex conversations and dissipate the politico-sensational intercourse of contemporary dialogue.