Portraits from Nairobi

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A new photo exhibition at the Museum of Anthropology reveals a century-long transformation of Kenya’s urban culture.


What: art exhibition
When: November 25, 2014 through April 4, 2015
Where: UBC Museum of Anthropology, 6393 N.W. Marine Drive
How much: $16.75, free for UBC students




First presented in 2009 at the Nairobi National Museum, the exhibition Piga Picha! has since toured the world including in 2011 at Iwalewa Haus in Bayreuth, Germany and in 2013 at the Forum des Arts et de la Culture in Bordeaux, France.


Now landing in Vancouver, Piga Picha!—which literally translates as “take my picture!”—will include more than 180 photographs spanning a century, showcasing portraits that are carefully staged in the studio as well as those quickly taken on the streets of Nairobi. This exhibition incorporates works from all backgrounds and walks of life.


Curator and professional photographer Katharina Greven, formerly of the Goethe-Institut in Kenya, partnered with more than 30 photography studios in Nairobi to curate this diverse collection of portraits—a subtle balance between the fine arts and the rich, distinct flavours of East African popular culture.


These photo selections come courtesy of the museum.



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