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KENYAN LESBIANS STAGE ART EXHIBITION FOR CHARITY

in KENYA, 21/10/2011

The Girl Art Project, a joint project between Minority Women in Action and AFRA-Kenya, opened its doors on 18 October 2011.

Kenya’s Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LBTI) community is staging an art exhibition in Nairobi for charity.

The entire project is scheduled to run until November8 and the theme of the exhibition is inspired by the female form, presence and experience.

The Girl Art Project opened its doors on October 18, showing the work of Kawira Mwirichia. She will be the first of three artists to show their work at the GoDown Arts Centre in Nairobi.

The project will consist of a three-set exhibition with each set being up on display for a week and featuring artwork from three female artists: Kawira Mwirichia, Remmy Ireri and Shillah (Subira) Mombo

Speaking on the theme and style of the work Kawira said, “Our theme is the female form and I chose to work on etchings with a series of love scenes. I also wanted something tactile and interactive so I presented the work in mobile pieces very much like a jigsaw puzzle for viewers to see, touch and move around.”

The artist’s unique and ingenious way of displaying her work may have been influenced by the fact that she studies engineering.

Kawira’s work will be on show until Sunday October 23 allowing for the next artist’s work to be shown.

The Girl Art Project is a charity exhibition by the Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LBTI) community that not only gives the aforementioned community a positive, creative outlet to express themselves as they are through the arts, but also allows the participants and audience to contribute to a worthy social cause.

It is a joint project between two groups MWA, Minority Women in Action which advocates for LBTI women’s rights and AFRA-Kenya (Artists for Recognition and Acceptance – an organization of Lesbian Bisexual and Trans Women) through the support of UHAI-EASHRI, the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative

All the work is available for sale and all the proceeds will go towards a charity identified by the artists the Children of Africa Hope Mission School.

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