Aluminium can on coffee wire mesh, 112 x 114 cm
Circle is pleased to present works by Asteria Malinzi, Dickens Otieno, Boniface Maina and Sidney Mang’ong’o.
Born 1991 in Singida, Tanzania, Asteria lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
History, the ocean, found objects and personal experiences are usually the protagonist of her personal works. Through historical references, she gains inspiration from past happenings and uses her camera as a medium for her reinterpretation of these happenings. In her work, Malinzi Uses herself as a point of reference and subject matter through the use of self portraiture.
Malinzi is a Fine Art And Documentary Photographer. She graduated from the Cape Town School of Photography in 2015 where she completed her bodies of works – the Middle Passage (2015), Foreign (2015) And Perseverance (2014).
She Is Also A Co-Founder And Co-Curator For APRIL.
Born in 1979, Otieno’s sculptural practice is driven by the search to find meaning and worth in things that seem otherwise useless. His painstakingly woven sculptures are made from discarded drinks cans, which the artist describes as feeling much like palm leaves – a material used traditionally for weaving by many generations.
Working from his studio at the GoDown Art Centre in Nairobi, Otieno has exhibited throughout East Africa. He has been selected for artist residencies in Dar Es Salaam and Zanzibar and his work is represented in various private collections.
Born in 1987 in Nanyuki town, Boniface Maina lives and works in Nairobi where he earned a diploma in Art and Design from YMCA National Training Institute in 2008.
Maina has experimented with different mediums and materials and is currently exploring inks. His work has evolved over the years, touching on various themes, striving to capture conflicts in human behavior. He engages with issues that tend to be avoided, and interacts with them though questioning.
In recent years, Maina’s work has featured in magazines, art books and news articles locally and internationally. He is a founding partner of Brush Tu Art Studio. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and his work is included in private and public art collections.
Sidney Mang’ong’o, born in Kenya in 1983, began his art career at Maasai Mbili Art Center in Kibera. After five years working from Kuona Trust Art Centre, he now has a studio on the outskirts of Ngong town.
Mang’ongo’s ongoing experimentation with collage using both abstract qualities and the popular imagery of magazines and newspapers is unique and exciting.