31 Oct 2018
From the Hotel to the Global Art Market.
Complex interdependencies between production for export, creative exchange and cultural identity in Kenya’s art scene.
Postcard from Malindi, ca. 1975
As part of the programme accompanying the exhibition Sarenco L’Africano and the Italo-African Fusion of the 1980s and 1990s this talk will address colonial and post-colonial moments of inter-cultural encounter and their influence on the development of artistic styles in Kenya. Special attention will be paid to the influence that the local art scenes on Kenya’s coast experienced through the growth of mass tourism from the 1970s onward. Not only did new presentation locations and production contexts develop here – including Malindi Artist’s Proof under Sarenco’s direction - lively trade brought contemporary art from East Africa to the attention of Europe, the USA and Asia.
Agnes Stillger (M.A.) studied Literature and Philosophy in Karlsruhe and History of Art in Munich. Her research focuses primarily on processes of decolonisation and post-colonial networks, the associated cultural-political and economic systems, as well as their impact on art, architecture and design. In 2017 she was Assistant Curator for the research and exhibition project Forms of Flow /Flow of Forms. Design (hi)stories between Africa and Europa at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich and the Museum am Rothenbaum – Kulturen und Künste der Welt (MARKK) in Hamburg. She has been co-curator at the Villa Romana in Florence since February 2018 and is PhD candidate at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.