Collaboration beats Egoism
Sana Sanaa Artist Residency is a collaboration between Goethe Institut Nairobi and Artificial Image, Berlin in cooperation with BrushTu Artist Collective Nairobi.
Michael Maria Mueller, proud father of two children with Kenyan roots, travelled to many places for his conceptual photographic works. In Southeast Asia he worked (and still does) as a volunteer at the Buddhist Archive of Photography in Luang Prabang, Laos, before heading to Kenya where he got to know his wife. Manyfold travels, stipends and working trips have empowered the vision of creating such a twinning residency which will cooperate closely with his Berlin fine art print workshop.
Artificial Image is one of Europe’s oldest companies dedicated exclusively to fine art digital printmaking, whose founder is Michael Maria Mueller. For many years, the Berlin-based company Artificial Image has brought together the experiences that Michael Maria Mueller has accumulated in a wide range of photographic industries and on different continents. What is being pursued here on the long term is the idea of an open workshop. Photographers are accompanied by competent advice, and a varied and high-quality equipment is available. It is a place where photo coaching and workshops provide insight into the variety of photographic opportunities.
How we support our artists.
Each participating artist resident will be supported by an artist manager, both in Nairobi and Berlin. The residency program leads to a final group or solo exhibition in a gallery or cultural space. All artists participating in this program will take part in a series of external studio visits, gallery tours, panel discussions, portfolio viewings, openings and other art-related events in Nairobi and/or Berlin.
Furthermore, we support each resident to find further opportunities and participations in other group shows during their residence and after. Resident activities such as workshops, studio visits, video screenings, artist talks and performances can be hosted in our spaces. Residents receive invitations to private events, member clubs, exhibition openings, book launches and other art-related events. We make sure that our residents gain insight and connections into both the Nairobi and Berlin art scenes.
E S P A – wants to transform the environment through art – to create a clean, healthy and sustainable environment in Kenya.