Mathare Futurism

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Mathare Futurism

September 16th 2020 - December 19th 2020

A billboard with a graffiti artwork on. The artwork depicts angelic arms lifting up a toilet block in Mathare Kenya and is surrounded by members of the public and police.

Mathare Futurism is the first exhibition by Mathare Green Movement (MGM) outside of Kenya. The exhibition tells the story of a passionate, creative and active group of artist activists living in the informal settlement of Mathare (Nairobi, Kenya).  

The works exist within our gallery space and in Birmingham’s public realm. BOM commissioned a brand new graffiti piece by Birmingham based graffiti artist T-Bone. T-Bone worked with Kanyi Wyban, the coordinator of MGM to create an artwork that brings the communities of Mathare and Birmingham together. The work depicts angelic arms lifting up a decorated toilet block, something shared by thousands in Mathare, around this block there are several characters of Mathare; people protesting, shopping and a police officer speaking into his radio. The appearance of the police officer is a nod to the global problem of police brutality, something which the wider exhibition explores too. You can see this work in the euro car park on Hinckley Street (What3words: thus.marble.spoon)

The work has been created throughout the first half of 2020, throughout the global Covid 19 pandemic. It provides a snapshot of how artists and activists have cultivated their energy to tackle the virus and associated social problems, outside of a European / US centric narrative. 



September 16th 2020
December 19th 2020
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