Category Archives: Portfolio

Mimi kama kanga (I, like the kanga)

  This artwork  is the first in this (in progress chapter) which starts from Nankondo’s abduction at the end of the previous chapter, and tries to imagine the life that waited for her upon her arrival in the Swahili coast. Mimi kama Kanga, 2018 directs attention to the Indian ocean as the carrier of the […]

PART III: NANKONDO, 2017

(Video and Text bathtub installation) This artwork is part of a bigger project that I have been working with since 2012. The project uses the motif of ritual performances to explore nuances in gender and generation. My curiosity with rituals started with a personal interest in historical (herstorical rather) narratives that rooted from personal stories […]

Letters To… 2016

(Video and Text) This artwork is part of a bigger project that I have been working with since 2012. This project uses the motif of ritual performances to explore nuances in gender and generation. My curiosity with rituals started with a personal interest in historical (herstorical rather) narratives that rooted from personal stories of my […]

Mshanga, 2012

(Photographic prints)   Mshanga interrogates nuances in gender, generation, and poverty. It tells (and was inspired by) the story of Orupa Mchikirwa, my mother’s grandmother-and hence my great grandmother-from whose house my mother grew up in for most of her childhood years. Orupa was a fairly poor woman surrounded by many grandchildren, relatives’ children and […]

Kwa Baba Rithi Undugu, 2010

(Video in Wooden Radio Sculptures) The single adequate form of verbally expressing authentic human life is open-handed dialogue. Life by its very nature is dialogic. To live means to participate in dialogue: to ask questions, to heed, to respond, to agree, and so forth… (Mikhail bakhtin, 1984: 293) ‘Kwa Baba rithi undugu’ explores the themes […]

Mizizi/Nasaba (Kinship/Roots), 2010

(Photographic prints)   Mizizi/Nasaba explores the state of bereavement and the politics of gender in African society when it comes to inheritance. It consists of digital prints that document a performance of an interaction and a relationship that is forming between a bereaved daughter and the knowledge and wisdom in the text that was left […]

Untitled (‘Pace’), 2012

(Video Instillation)                       Untitled (‘Pace’) is also a part of ‘Mshanga/Orupa Mchikirwa‘ instillation—that interrogates nuances in gender, generation, and poverty. It features a looping video of feet on a pacing motion from monitor to monitor (on four monitors)—walking from one monitor to the next, and […]