Matt Kayem | Blue Jeans
AKKA Project is pleased to present Matt Kayem, an Ugandan contemporary visual artist. Blue Jeans offers a chance to take a deeper look at his braided creations, representation of contemporary African people, fake versions of the real ones, that have lost their original identity after colonialism.
Matt’s textural creations show a deep influence by surrealism and pop art. Through daily representation, the artist presents us His “Afropop” aesthetic that explores themes like race, religion and sexuality
AKKA Project Venezia is pleased to present Through my Eyes, the solo exhibition by Kelechi Nwaneri, from 21.10 to 04.12.2021.
The exhibition is the result of Kelechi Charles Nwaneri’s residency at AKKA Project Venezia.
The body of work, composed of canvases and photographs, reflects on the experience lived by the artist during his permanency in Venice from October 18th to December 26st 202o.
Kelechi had the opportunity to experience the city of Venice in the winter of 2020, reconquered by its inhabitants, almost devoid of tourists and with closed activities due to the pandemic.
According to his point of view, the culture of the people of Venice is similar to the Igbo People of Nigeria in many ways, the most striking is in the use of Masks and Symbols in cultural activities. Kelechi is part of the Igbo People.
Organized in a unique setting in the heart of Zurich, AKKA Project is pleased to present works by two artists from Africa:
Gonçalo Mabunda, Mozambique
Teddy Mitchener, Kenya
Gonçalo Mabunda, born in 1975 in Mozambique and currently based in Maputo, gives anthropomorphic forms to AK47s, rocket launchers, pistols, and other objects of destruction. His work takes on a striking Modernist edge akin to imagery by Braque and Picasso. The deactivated weapons carry strong political connotations and convey a positive reflection on the transformative power of art and the resilience and creativity of African civilian societies.
Teddy Mitchener was born in 1972 in Washington DC and he is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya. In his series “Disappearing Africa” he witness and represent the erosion and domination of African people, the death of originality, the death of authenticity and the cheapening of information and communication; the slow erosion of our own true African selves and what held for millennia is slowly passing away in the face of modernization, and with the least amount of resistance. This creative concept was birthed during a photo-shoot of the ethnographic collection of African masks at the Cultural Heritage Centre in Arusha, Tanzania, and is presented to showcase conceptually, the cultural erosion that we are witnessing among the so-called millennials and within the public discourse.