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SANA SANAA

Kiswahili : A Lot of Art

Establishing Dialogues


The Sana Sanaa Residency will allow for an exchange of knowledge across cultures.
And therefore it will help to improve transcultural communication and communities.

Questioning stereotypes. Misconceptions about Africa have been passed on through various forms of media for decades. It is an widespread prejudice to paint the entire continent as technically undeveloped, politically corrupt and poor. Such stereotypes replace individual experiences, preventing mutual understanding. We are looking for talented artists that would like to experience their own perspective and share it among a wide audience. Our residence offers artists the chance to see for themselves what the African countries have to offer.

Focus on Photography &…

Sana Sanaa Artist Residency will focus on photography but it is open to artists and art collectives from all disciplines, curators, and researchers. It allows short term-projects as well as advanced longer-termed goals. The program springs from a joint collaboration between Goethe Institut Nairobi and Artificial Image.

During Sana Sanaa’s artist in residence program artists from across the world will meet local peers, curators, art professionals, and the men and women leading renown art institutions. They will partake in gallery and artist studio tours, and explore Nairobi’s off the grid art spaces with unique guided tours. Since this international project aims to establish an enriching dialogue between cultures and across different fields of knowledge, residents will get to talk to entrepreneurs, scientists, and tech innovators. Sana Sanaa Art Studio + Artist in Residence is taylor-made to artists interests, and aims to create an environment where men and women feel inspired to let their imagination explore the unknown.

The artist in residence ends with a solo or group exhibition in Berlin and in Nairobi. This guarantees artists that their work will be exposed to an international audience.

Studio Facilities

Nairobi Studio

  • Professional photo studio including 3 flash heads, various reflectors and light formers, different cotton backgrounds.
  • DIN A3+ Epson (SureColor SC-P600) printer with custom made ICC-profiles and a selection of archival fine art papers.
  • Hardware-calibrated 23″ NEC screen.
  • Normlicht standard lighting (for the correct assessment of the colors).
  • HighSpeed internet connection.

Berlin Studio

  • A professional photo studio with 3 flashes, lightformers & backgrounds.
  • A selection of iconic analog cameras (e.g. Polaroid SX-70, Hasselblad & Pentacon 6×6 with Carl Zeiss optics, large format Linhof Technica land and Plaubel studio cameras)
  • Printstudio with hardware-calibrated screens.
  • HighEnd-scanners (Hasselblad Imacon and Eversmart Supreme).
  • Normlicht standard lighting (for the correct assessment of the colors).
  • HighSpeed internet connection.

Accomodation

Nairobi Host

The guests of our Nairobi residence are accommodated on a private estate in Runda, north of the beautiful Karura Forest. The place was developed in the context of the construction of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON), one of the four UN headquarters. Here, at about 1,700 m above sea level, there were once large coffee plantations and in fact coffee is still being grown nearby. The guest apartment has two bedrooms, living room, kitchen, bathroom and a large veranda with fireplace. The swimming pool in the large garden can of course be used. The drive to Bruh Tu Studio in Buruburu, about 15 km away, takes around 35 minutes by taxi and costs 400 -500 Kenyan Shilling (4 – 5 US$).

Berlin Host

In Berlin our guests are accommodated with friends and colleagues from the art and creative scene. In Berlin, where living space is scarce and expensive, such shared flats are very common, not only among students, even among people of all ages and income groups. So you will share some parts of the apartment (kitchen, bathroom, maybe a living room), but always have your own room. All flat-sharing facilities are located in hip districts such as Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Prenzlauer Berg or Wedding, which has recently been awarded as one of the world’s coolest city districts. Our studio is easily accessible from all apartments by public transport (under 3 € per route or 82 € per month).

Application Process

Sana Sanaa Artist in Residence Program costs 1,250.00 per month, including studio and housing. To apply send us your CV, examples of previous work, and a short exposé on the subject “dialogue.” Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but we also run open calls on specific topics. Though we are planned ahead we are open to spontaneity.

To apply and if you have any further questions please write to us.

Funding

To celebrate the launch of Sana Sanaa Goethe Institute Nairobi and Artificial Image will finance five 2-month artist in residence programs in 2020 and 2021. To apply send us your CV, examples of previous work, and a short exposé on the subject “dialogue.” We are already accepting applications. The application deadline for the free artist in residence programs is August 31st. Please send your application to residency@sanasanaa.com. You can also contact us if you have any further questions.

Guidelines

  • Art studio visits with curators, international art collectors, and representatives of art museums and institutions.
  • Art studio visits with curators, international art collectors, and representatives of art museums and institutions.
  • Invitations to previews and invite-only events in Nairobi art spaces, art institutions and private clubs.
    Media announcements: social media, newsletter; press releases.
  • Final studio dinner presentation with invite only guests.
  • The residence ends with a solo or group exhibition in Nairobi, and in Berlin.

In Kibera, a vast slum settlement located in the capital Nairobi, Kenya, Stephen Okoth also known as Ondivour is a 25 year old filmmaker, photographer and model known for his self-styled colorful and vintage fashion. He has made it his mission to stand out in bringing joy and happiness to the streets of his hometown. His signature bright clothes bought from the local second-hand markets have turned him into a local personality and a source of inspiration for the youths in the slum.

Bryan Otieno: Slum Fashonista Stephen Okoth

In Kibera, a vast slum settlement located in the capital Nairobi, Kenya, Stephen Okoth also known as Ondivour is a 25 year old filmmaker, photographer and model known for his self-styled colorful and vintage fashion. He has made it his mission to stand out in bringing joy and happiness to the streets of his hometown. His signature bright clothes bought from the local second-hand markets have turned him into a local personality and a source of inspiration for the youths in the slum.