SYOWIA KYAMBI

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On: 14.02 – 03.05.2015

Body Talk: Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the Work of Six African Women Artists.
Curator: Koyo Kouoh, assisted by Eva Barois De Caevel (RAW Material Company, Dakar)
Coordinating Curator: Caroline Dumalin (WIELS)

For more Information: www.wiels.org

Pata Picha

photography. installation.

Between us

installation & performance.

About the artist

Miriam Syowia Kyambi is a multi-media artist of Kenyan and German heritage based in Nairobi.
Her work combines performance & installations with impermanent and permanent mediums engaging the viewer in a dynamic process. Much of her work dissects and brings to question perception and memory.

Between the doors

installation.

Permiso: Peep Box

mixed media installation.

Gloves II

photography.

WoMen, Fräulein Damsel..

installation and perfomance.

Between Us

installation. video.

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Contact

Studio location
Murishu Road, Langata.
Nairobi, Kenya

[Visits by appointments only]

E-Mail: post@syowiakyambi.com
Phone: +254 720 305 378


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infinity

permanent installation.

WOMEN, FRÄULEIN DAMSEL..

video.

Portals

mixed media installation.

Fracture (I)

installation & perfomance.

Moments (I)

peformance. photography.

Ocean sketch

photography.

Between Us

Live Performance Photos

What Cultural Fabric?

photography.

Permiso: excuse me

photography.

On going work

Whats Wrong Dear Jane: Installation & Perfomance
Kenya Art Fair Nov. 2014

This work is part of my process in exploring questions I am repeatedly confronted with regarding the
position women have in society.


In the performance element of this
work, I have a relationship with the
large ceramic figure that connects
to both the richness of womanhood
and a deeper root within myself.
I weave braided fabrics through
the ceramic figure, which are
eventually pulled taut and hooked onto adjacent mirrors.

 

I feel this tension within my own
body and mind, which I transmit back into the work.

The mirrors in this piece allow the audience to see themselves within the installation.

Between Us

photo stills.

Live Performance

video.

Installation & Perfomance
Commisioned by Kuona Trust

In the second phase of this performance, I take on another persona by wearing a stocking over my head; referencing ideas of an attacker, of being suffocated, creating feelings of domination and fear, ultimately breaking the ceramic figure. 100 small figures replace the large ceramic figure.

They are assembled in rows on the platform.

Syowia Kyambi

artist.

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Exhibitions

Vem är staden? Who is the city?
Centre for Architecture and Design, Stockholm, Sweden

2013 - 2014

Foreign Bodies/Common Ground
Wellcome Collection, London, UK. 2013 - 2014

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publications

Contact Zone
by Nabila Alibhai

Layers
by Syowia Kyambi

book material cutlure
by Annie Coombes

space currency

Tags

Contemporary Art · Installation & Perfomance · Photography · Conceptual Work · Curatorial concepts · Memory · Nairobi, Kenya · Private & Private Space · Boundary Pushing · Projects ·Gender studies ·Identity ·