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Sana Sanaa (Swahili) : Very (Much) Art

Sana Sanaa is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the intercultural dialogue between Africa and Germany using the concept of art. The project was initiated as a residency exchange between Nairobi and Berlin and has developed into a multi-faceted undertaking that encompasses the support of individual artistic positions, the curating and organisation of art exhibitions on both continents.

Sana Sanaa is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the intercultural dialogue between (East-) Africa and Germany using the concept of art. It was initiated as a residency exchange between Nairobi and Berlin and has developed into a multi-faceted undertaking that encompasses the support of individual artistic positions, the curating and organisation of art exhibitions, as well as lectures, workshops and art retreats. Sana Sanaa looks forward to working with artists and art enthusiasts on both continents. Get in touch with us.

„It is important that from different cultures, people,
that there is one single thing they have in common
and that is a good start to get in contact with each other.“

Werner Heisenberg, Musician and Physicis
quoted after his pupil Hans-Peter Dürr

Goethe Institut Nairobi is the Official Partner for Residencies between Nairobi and Berlin

Sana Sanaa was initiated by Michael Maria Müller, photographer, artist and founder of Artificial Image, Berlin, one of the pioneers in fine art digital printmaking. He is a proud father of kids with Kenyan and German roots and is convinced that the equal cooperation of heterogeneous persons and groups is a model of success for the future.

Eunice Mwikali Mbenzi is his experienced partner for organisation and communication. She studied PR and Communications at the Univerity of Kabianga and worked for many years as Production Coordinator and Personal Assistant to the CEO of The Churchill Show. She also developed and managed communication strategies for Tusky’s and Safaricom, among others.

Michael Maria Müller. CEO, CTO
Michael Maria Müller.
CEO, CTO
Eunice Mbenzi.
Eunice Mbenzi.
Jimmy Ogonga.
Jimmy Ogonga.
Rafael von Uslar.
Rafael von Uslar.

Jimmy Ogonga studied Aesthetics, Politics and Visual Art at the Rijksakademie van Beldeende Kunsten, Amsterdam. As an artist, activist and producer he is working intermittently between art production and curatorial practice. A key player in the (East) African art scene, he founded the Centre for Contemporary Art, East Africa, CCA, Nairobi, in 2001 and was curator of the Kenya Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017.

Rafael von Uslar studied Philosophy and Art History (with Max Imdahl) at the Ruhr University in Bochum. He has curated numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad, runs his own project space in Berlin, 11m2Berlin, and is a collector of contemporary art and (West) African artefacts.

[Contemporary African Art] could be a mysterious surprise and and a magical boost to refresh our often self-referential aesthetic.

Luciano Benetton