Source: The examiner 04/03/12
Author:Amy Crawford |
The professor in the politics department at the University of San Francisco is also the founder of Akili Dada, a leadership incubator for girls and young women in Kenya. Earlier this year, the White House honored the Kenya native as one of 14 “Champions of Change” with roots in East Africa.
What was it like being honored at the White House? Incredible! For me, it’s a life-defining experience.
Tell me about your work with Akili Dada. What we’re doing is building up and investing in a core of African women. We start out with teenage girls who are the brightest in their country. They have already started doing community service, and we essentially enable their ability to continue doing that. We provide scholarships. We make sure that they are networked.
How does your work in Africa intersect with your academic work and teaching? For me, they are built into each other. The ways we structure Akili Dada’s interventions are really informed by feminist studies. The other side of it is, I bring so much of my experience with Akili Dada into the classroom. I think it’s important for young people, especially in America, to understand the rest of the world, especially Africa.
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Two resident artists from Nishio Workshop Nairobi-Yukihiro Taguchi & Shuta Hasunuma will be having a presentation at Kuona Trust tomorrow from 2pm.
This session is open to all who would like to hear more about the work these artists do, their medium, their experience being in Kenya and any other topical interest you may have.
Presentation starts at 2pm, tomorrow 15th May in the gallery space. Read more about the artists below.
Yukihiro Taguchi (video, animation, drawing and installation)
Born in 1980, in Osaka, Japan, currently lives and works in Berlin. He’s participated in exhibitions, residency programs and art projects all over the world such as Germany, Netherlands, France, Cuba and Maldives. He creates unique animation using techniques of stop motion with digital cameras in public places. In his works, existing daily commodities and things can move in a fantastic way, which transforms ordinary situations into the imaginative world. The production process itself contains elements of workshop and performance, intervening surrounding environment or human relationships, then making them different. He was awarded the excellent prize in the Japan Media Arts Festival (2008), solo exhibition in MAM Project 014 in Mori Art Museum(2011).http://yukihirotaguchi.com/
Shuta Hasunuma (contemporary music and installation)
Born in 1983, lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. Hasunuma has released a variety of music albums from both Japanese and abroad label. He composes and plays different genres of music from electronic music, live performance, movie BGM, to orchestral concert. He has joined Japanese and abroad major music festival, exhibitions in museum, fashion shows, art projects. In addition, he records surrounding sounds and movies using music recorder and video camera, editing or composing them into a piece of music, which could be called ‘site-specific’ music. “Self Titled” and “OK Bamboo” from American label, Western Vinyl, “CC OO” from Japanese label, HEADZ. His solo exhibitions include “have a go at flying from music part3″(Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo: Bloomberg Pavilion, 2012) and “soundlike” (Asahi Art Aquare, 2013) http://www.shutahasunuma.com/
Those of you who were with us last year will remember the smARTpower project, for which we hosted the artist Miguel Luciano as he chased the winds across Kenya for 45 days, in ‘The Kite Project’. Working with our good friends and partners the Wajukuu Community Art Centre in Mukuru, Lunga Lunga, Miguel spent his days using art to fulfill more than one hundred children’s dreams of flying.
We hope this video will give you a taste of what a wonderful time we had, and the dramatic transformational power of public art.