Where Books Go to Die by Jackie Karuti – Exhibition
Exhibition Opening: Thursday, 13th March 2014, 7.00 pm
Exhibition: Monday to Friday, 17th March to 11th April, 1.00 to 6.00 pm
The exhibition series Sasa Nairobi is the basis of our work in the field of contemporary art. We aim at working with artists from Kenya that have an advanced and innovative approach, and often commission them to produce a new work. Since 2008, we have exhibited around 40 artists, the last being a solo show by Jacob Barua. The series continues with the visual artist Jackie Karuti.
Where Books Go To Die replicates a library scene set in a dystopia world inspired by the four elements; earth, air, fire & water. These four elements are believed to be the forces that govern existence, for they hold immense power to not only build but also destroy. The symbolism of the elements is translated into a series of smaller installations that depict the state of most libraries as seen in Nairobi as well as in most parts of the world.
The exhibtion is an output of the three day performance In the Case of Books that Jackie conducted last year in May. Together with a group of artists, writers, students, filmmakers, lawyers, and even a baker she travelled to different library spaces in Nairobi and engaged in the process of dusting, cleaning, arranging and talking about the books found.