Dennis Muraguri – giving the viewer food for thought

Art Highlights of 2016

To shape the future, we must understand the past, to make changes in the present. I believe art can support shaping the understanding our world.

1. Dennis Muraguri is one artist who creates visual art that makes the viewer think. Post-colonialism, neo-colonialism, capitalism, urban studies are all featured in his work.

Dennis Muraguri’s exhibition at Circle. I would highly recommend reading this interview (page 9 of the exhibition catalog) with artist Jackie Karuti  I wish I could purchase the installation, ‘Dream in Alien’ Dennis Muraguri 2016, made from plastic toys.

Dennis Muraguri

‘Dream in Alien’ Dennis Muraguri 2016, plastic toys.  Photo:      Maral Bolouri / @maral_bolouri Instagram

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Detail: ‘Dream in Alien’ Dennis Muraguri 2016, plastic toys/ Photo: Evans Gichuki  @darity100/ Instagram

It’s joyous and funny.

But I also want to know what the artist considers about the significance of these little found toys. – pondering consumerism, capitalism, Disney- type hyper-real? … and what does alien mean?

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