2018SaatchiGallery

EARLY 21 CENTURY YOUNG

AFRICAN ARTISTS

 

5 December 2018 - 12 January 2019

 

The Saatchi Gallery

Top Floor Education Gallery

Duke of York's HQ

King's Road, London SW3 4RY

Mon-Sun, 10am-6pm, Free admission

saatchigallery.com

 

 

PRIVATE VIEW:

Tuesday 18 December 2018

4:30 - 8 pm

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Press release:

EARLY 21 CENTURY YOUNG AFRICAN ARTISTS: THE SYMBOL OF WHAT IS POSSIBLE

 

 

MASK Prize is pleased to present Early 21st Century Young African Artists, a group exhibition of 19 artists aged 18-25 from Kenya. Artworks - 20 prints of digital art, photographs and paintings - will be on view and sale from 5 December 2018 to 12 January 2019 at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The show is curated by the MASK Prize founder, artist Alla Tkachuk.

 

The vibrant and sophisticated artworks were selected for the breadth of artistic approaches, styles and medium. Skillful storytellers and keen observers, the artists captured the energy of youth, mirrored the life and commented on the human condition in modern Africa. They make art because "Art is where we express our creativity".

 

In Africa, art has been limited or absent in schools. Art galleries and museums are scarce. This creates an unacceptable inequality in art participation and art production for the majority of young Africans. Most of them will never visit an art gallery, study at an art school, or have a career in the arts or creative industries. Moreover, the curtailed access to the arts threatens their creativity skill, a key skill to the successful employability and leadership in the 21st century.

 

However, with the help of MASK Prize, a unique creativity competition which provides participation opportunities for all young Africans regardless of ability and income, the creativity of young people stands to flourish and amaze. Showing some of the MASK Prize talents, the ‘Early 21 Century Young African Artists’ hopes to inform, educate and engage the audiences both in Africa and in the West.

 

Artists:

 

Joan Muema, 21

Maggie Ng’ang’a, 21

Patrick Mwangi, 22

Lucy Mwangi, 21

Denzel Kamau, 21

Taabu Munyoki, 21

Isaac Musya, 21

Staice Shitanda, 20

Cynthia Ngunjiri, 23

Muchira Muraguri, 23

Isaac Mokua, 22

Alvin Njuguna, 18

Churchill Ongere, 22

Edwin Wainaina, 18

Emmanuel Wandera, 21

Louis Nderi, 25

Paula Karanja, 20

Peter Kariuki, 23

Peteros Masinde, 19

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