Kaloki Nyamai - A New Country: Accra, Gallery II,

23 Jul - 24 Aug 2021
Overview

Gallery 1957 is proud to present a solo show of works by Kenyan artist Kaloki Nyamai, created while in residence at our studios in Accra, Ghana. 

In Kaloki Nyamai’s work we are invited to question what it is to truly be in ownership of anything - borders, language, time and even self. This series of large-scale works mirrors the complexity of translation through compositions of multiple figures whose features and expressions feel familiar, and a vibrant yet subdued colour palette which from piece to piece, borrow from one another, making a starting point indistinguishable – much like cyclical time. Densely layered, the historical and current moments signalled to reveal our collective and individual experiences prompting us to further ask whether we are truly moving forward or indeed backwards.

Words by Péjú Oshin.

Gallery 1957 is proud to present a solo show of works by Kenyan artist Kaloki Nyamai, created while in residence at our studios in Accra, Ghana. 

In Kaloki Nyamai’s work we are invited to question what it is to truly be in ownership of anything - borders, language, time and even self. This series of large-scale works mirrors the complexity of translation through compositions of multiple figures whose features and expressions feel familiar, and a vibrant yet subdued colour palette which from piece to piece, borrow from one another, making a starting point indistinguishable – much like cyclical time. Densely layered, the historical and current moments signalled to reveal our collective and individual experiences prompting us to further ask whether we are truly moving forward or indeed backwards.

Words by Péjú Oshin.

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