Mexican Art Comes to Kenya
Aone-week photo exhibition held at the National Museums of Kenya by the Mexican Embassy was aimed at promoting cultural exchange between Kenya and Mexico.
The exhibition in November was titled ‘Mexico in One Image’ and showcased work by 50 amateur photographers. Each photograph has a story to tell. An example is one taken in a road tunnel in the town of Guanajuato where the photographer shot the picture from a speeding car. The result is a surreal blend of speed and light, and a representation of what the tunnels mean to the town.
Guanajuato is an old colonial town the buildings close each other. In order to ease of the movement of people and vehicles, the town has constructed tunnels. The photographer was telling this story without having to take pictures of the town’s old buildings and landscape, since the town is most famous for its many tunnels.
Though all the photographs displayed were taken in Mexico, the exhibition is seen as the beginning of cultural exchanges between the two countries. Kenyan art and culture will also be on display in Mexico soon.
The Mexican Embassy is working closely with the Kuona Trust and a few Kenyan artists so that the cultural exchange can build a Kenyan community in Mexico, as more Mexicans come to Kenya.
A draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two countries is yet to be signed and it is expected that it will expedite cultural exchanges between the two countries to engender better understanding the two.
Kenyans seem to know Mexico through Tequila or Mariachi and its big cities, but not through culture, education, sports and economic co-operation