The Mosquito & The Suit: Artist Talk with Syowia Kyambi
M.Bassy, Hamburg, Germany 13 Apr 2019
Syowia Kyambi, photographed by Liz Hickok, July 2018, Spoleto, Italy
Syowia will be sharing her current artist research project about the Amani Research Station built in 1902 in Tanzania during Germany’s colonial rule. This body of work will be part of an exhibition held in September at the Museum am Rothenbaum (MARKK), Hamburg.
Kyambi’s practice probes issues of race, perception, gender and memory. Her emotionally charged, complex projects examine the influence of constructed history, past and present violence, colonialism, family and sexuality on contemporary human experience.
Her work examines how our contemporary human experience is influenced by constructed histories, creating installations that include a performative practice to narrate stories and activate objects, exploring cultural identities, linking them to issues of loss, memory, race, and gender.
Syowia Kyambi, born in Nairobi in 1979, is a multi-media artist of Kenyan and German origin living and working in Kenya. Syowia graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago and has been the recipient of several awards and grants, including most recently the Art in Global Health Grant from the Wellcome Trust Fund in the United Kingdom. Her work has been shown in museums in Belgium, Finland, Kenya, Mali, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, Zimbabwe, France, South Africa and the USA.