Interviews

Renee Akitelek Mboya in conversation with Arlene Wandera

“I am essentially a maker but people feel more at ease when I describe myself as a sculptor… which is also fine.”  Arlene Wandera

 

Arlene Wandera was born in Kenya and moved to the UK with her family during her pre-teens.  

She works with multiple mediums, including sculpture, installation, and image making. Her works initially stem from her immediate experiences intertwined with childhood memories, before developing into forms that navigate complex social and political interactions in daily life.

Many of Arlene’s works are made using common, discarded and forgotten materials like fabric off-cuts, broken furniture and empty food tins, broken wine glasses, reminiscent of repurposing. This is particularly prevalent in her ongoing series Rejects Reclaimed”.

 

In her sculpture series “Everymen”, the conflict and relationship between Wandera’s heritage and life in the west, inform much of the production process, resulting in works that resonate with the viewer. 

 

Arlene is also one half of the collaborative duo Duck & Rabbit Projects. More…

Interviews

Jackie Karuti in conversation with Dennis Muraguri

 

I recently sat down with Dennis Muraguri who I also happen to share a studio with, over tea and chapati. We delved into a discussion outlining his practice in general and his upcoming exhibition at Circle Art Gallery opening on the 28th of June 2016. It will be a presentation of new work in different media; prints, video work to sculptures which are a comment on traditional masks from different African countries and the inadequacy of our own history especially in reference to the Kenyan art scene. We also talked a lot about the what he is most known for; Matatu’s.
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