Mex­i­can Art Comes to Kenya

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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

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