Yellow carpet

Yellow. This is the scene we have been working on. Just a by the way. Its the flowers that blossom from the branches facing the skies. Dark and pale as they look. And still the wonder of nature lives with us. Having little to say but just to watch.

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Two months have passed now as the expanding carpet of flowers still sits on the floor of earth. They get sucked into the earth one by one. I see the essence of being a part of this downward movement. Right from the sky to the ground.

Its the time to create this. Now and in future. Probably popping fresh occasionally .

Photography & Text | lukhovi.com

 

Nile Project | Music of the Nile

A musical project aiming to create spaces for rich cultural interaction between Nile Basin countries launched its music gathering in Nairobi, Kenya at Kuona Trust Arts Centre.

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The second edition of the musical residency — lead by Miles Jay — brings together 14 talented musicians from Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda who will, in a collaborative manner, compose a body of songs inspired by the Nile Basin’s diversity in music traditions and instruments.

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This year, the nile project plan was to build on the success of last year by inviting a more diverse pool of musicians, expanding its performance circuit to more Nile Basin countries, and launching the project’s education and innovation programmes at partner universities.

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The Nile Project not only utilises music as a common language, to bridge gaps across diverse cultures that exist around the Nile, but also hosts ‘Nile Workshops’ at universities, starting with Egyptian universities in late last year.

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The African tour set to take place this year’s residency will include not only concerts promoting the new musical collaboration but also talks and workshops on sustainability and development challenges of the Nile at universities in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and Egypt.

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In addition to the workshops, the crew is launching ‘The Nile Prize’ targeted at students who develop innovative solutions to regional challenges. These projects will be supported by the programme over the span of one year.

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Through music and workshops, the Nile Project sets out to expose audiences to the music of neighbouring countries and offer a space of open dialogue around Nile issues. The project aims to connect the 11 nations, and 437 million people, who live around the Nile but that often fail at recognising themselves as a region.

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Due to polarisation in these countries caused by tense political relations and conflicting media coverage, especially recently with the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam capturing headlines around the world, the Nile Project attempts to offer an alternative path for dialogue and communication among Nile Basin citizens.

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This is the Nile Project, celebrating the Nile day at Kuona Trust Arts Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

Photography:: Joel Lukhovi

Camp Ndegeya

Hey, so my second day at Weaver bird community for arts welcomed me with some of the amazing scenaries that I got to meet. Am hoping to have a wonderful moment and stay in this wonderful town of Masaka in Uganda, as I work on shaping my photography.

my bodaboda is an art installation at camp ndegeya.

My bodaboda is an art installation at camp ndegeya.

Hey. Could we do that again? I know we haven’t met, but I don’t want to be an ant, you know? I mean, it’s like we go through life with our antennas bouncing off one another, continuously on ant auto-pilot with nothing really human required of us. Stop. Go. Walk here. Drive there.
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All action basically for survival. All communication simply to keep this ant colony buzzing along in an efficient polite manner. “Here’s your change.” “Paper or plastic?” “Credit or debit?” “ant or art” “You want ketchup with that?” I don’t want a straw, I want real human moments. I want to see you. I want you to see me.
My seating postion at the community arts village.

My seating postion at the community arts village.

I don’t want to give that up. I don’t want to be an ant, you know?
Photography:: Joe Lukhovi
Location:: Ndegeya village, Masaka- Uganda

Angry Birds

Soudan’s work is an ongoing experiment with discarded materials. In working this way he reflects the existence of the “crow beings” that he creates – scavenging refuse, adapting to constantly shifting environments. In Soudan’s previous works that have used his totemic crow, the artist has commented on how this creature reflects a dominant power that enters and overwhelms an existing society or environment, and transforms it.

The installation “Angry birds” is an observation of a reality into which the artist believes humanity has suddenly and irrevocably been flung. As much of the world enters a period of instability, there is a consciousness of the failure in which the ruling forces- whether political, economic or religious has governed us.

This awakening opens up a space for people who have different experiences of “injustice” to express themselves. Those who occupied and protested in the financial districts of Europe and the US or rose up in the city squares during the Arab spring, echoes the Pan African voice of the protest that was heard in the second half of the 19th century. However the voices we hear today are socially diverse and seem to indicate that the feeling of marginalization has become more universal.

This is the generation that wants it all and they believe- rightly or wrongly- that they can have it all. They are hyper-conscious of the excesses of liberal economics and democracy and yet they also inevitably aspire to be mass consumers.

Soudan recycles materials- such as juala (polythene bags), scraps wood and metal- and distorts and adapts them so they function beyond their original purpose. By doing so, he discusses the refashioning of liberal politics that has occurred in many apparently democratic political environments.

The installation depicts bird like creatures which stand startled and unsettled beneath their supposed home, the nest, which at any moment may topple and crush them. In this case Soudan is depicted as the crow in the midst of a culturally diverse group. He is seen both within and removed from the action.

Photography | Joe Lukhovi

Installation artist| Gor Soudan

Love of Volkswagen Kombi

Recently when walking into the corridor of KUONA TRUST, I bumped into this well maintained Volkswagen Kombi machine that was parked right outside the studio of Tony.

In the recent years, my love for this kind of vehicle has grown tremendously and anything that would make me get one would just have done a great favor to me. There are a few of us out there that have affection for the air cooled VW kombi and I know I share that with my close friends.

While am commenting on that, mind turned back to the time my late grandfather had a similar kind of vehicle, way back in the 90’s. I had so many memories of the happenings in and around that kombi that I could write a book about it. Now for reasons that will become quite obvious, my memories of those days, in particular the chronology is a little bit sketchy.

I guess it’s time for me to buy the VW Kombi for my photographic journeys around Kenya.