Review: Wajukuu Group Show
Circle Art Gallery, 25 July – 11 August 2018
This exhibition, marks 10 years since the establishment of the Wajukuu Project. It features new work by Googs, Weche and Shabu, celebrating their friendship and their individual development as artists.
When artists give much to their community, this can impact the time needed to make and develop their own work. In contrast, for these artists, it has enhanced their private practice, giving us honest and authentic stories and insights into their concerns and beliefs.
For Weche, Nairobi provides a livelihood to people who continually struggle to cater for their basic needs. Googs’s work is part of an ongoing series where he explores the passionate emotions driven by guns and their destructive power. Shabu’s ‘Identity’ focuses on the human condition, how we have subconsciously become slaves to our psyche. He shows how we see ourselves, and how much we care how we are perceived by others.
The artists are using this exhibition to reflect on historical, social and political concerns. How identity leads to categorization, how our environment determines how we are perceived and the disparity between official statistics and the reality on the ground.
Curator: Wajukuu Group
Artists: Shabu Mwangi, Joseph Waweru, Ngugi Waweru