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Africa - Creative Arts, Elections

Kenyan artist, Peterson Kamwathi’s report on violence

Kenyan artist Peterson Kamwathi’s exhibition, “Sitting Allowances” depicts the 2008 post election violence in Kenya.


Kamwathi’s [His] collection of eight pieces strikes you the moment you enter the gallery by the sheer blackness of their surfaces and by the rather uplifting repetitiveness of the same elements, the legs, the eyes and the grimly menacing faces that surround you as if you the viewer, were on show. He has focused on institutions that were involved in the elections — religion, the police, the media, politics, the ECK, election observers, elected politicians and the mediators that came later to quell the flames once the explosion happened.