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Author: Enos Nyamor

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Kenyan artist Kaloki Nyamai

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While Marcel Duchamp’s focus was on industrial objects, owing to the formalism and perfection of scale they represented, Kaloki turns to traditional African industry. And so the use of sisal ropes, in particular, is prominent. The sisal ropes are often hand woven and prepared in an intricate process that involves threading, weaving, and braiding, and which demonstrates the significance of pre-colonial industries that were disrupted with the onset of European imperialism and colonialism.

Enos Nyamor on the Kenyan artist Kaloki Nyamai

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Matt Kayem: Cool Afrika

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What makes the show spectacular is the originality and the experimentation with a mixture of materials. In particular, for the paintings, the artist used pieces of second-hand denim as the canvas. Employing impressionist style, with lucid and short brush strokes, the artist constantly shifts among popular faces, but his self-portrait, garnished with grandeur, is the center of most paintings.

Enos Nyamor (Nairobi) on the solo exhibition of Matt Kayem (Kampala)

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