“Painting is silent poetry, and Poetry is painting that speaks.” —Simonides of Ceos. This past Thursday, I attended an art exhibition at the Alliance Francaise. After what seemed like a ploy by Nairobi’s traffic police to keep me away from the venue, I finally pulled up to the Alliance Francaise in Nairobi’s city centre; a creative haven tucked neatly into the surrounding corporate setting. Outside, a street lamp illuminated a small gathering of what seems to be students. Their graphic backpacks, sketch books, notepads and beautifully crafted hair dos breaking the monotony of the monochromatically suited passer’s by and assuring me that I was indeed in the right place.
I hopped out of the cab, thanking the driver for his patience with my lack of bearing on where we were going, shuffled across the dimly lit street and confidently sauntered up the entrance steps. Immediately, I could tell that I was not the only one eager to view the exhibition. There was a plethora of creatives, either snapping away with their phones or cameras, some with notebooks, others sketchpads. Needless to say, it wasn’t long until I understood the fuss.
The gripping displays by the artists Grenman, Joan Otieno, Kevo Stero and Dani Ploeger from the Netherlands, collectively titled “Connectivity: More is less?” merge to question the future/impact of our increasingly inter-connected globe. This deeply relevant and thought provoking exhibition runs from the 26th of January through to the 12th of February 2017 and I would highly recommend attending to gain more insight. Also, here’s a link to the site for a more in depth overview, directions and opening times: Alliance Francaise page
As always, keep well.
All my love,