On 9th January we opened the doors to the first photo exhibition of the year under the name Nairobi47 Reloaded, celebrating the sights and ‘sounds’ of our City. Last night, Karakana hosted an Open Night, where guests were able to meet the exhibiting photographers and other creative minds at the Kenya Cultural Centre.
It was a beautiful evening with many artists, young and old, attending the evening session and winding down perhaps what would be the first busy working week of 2023. Attendees were also able to listen to a few remarks by some of the exhibiting photographers as well as our honoured guest, Mr. Evans Ogeto, the new Chair of the Professional Photographers Association of Kenya. Evans Ogeto, a professional photographer himself, also has his photos in the show.
The MC of the evening was Kaka Bahati, a Swahili language evangelist, author, teacher and lover of life philosophy, who kept the guests entertained with his rich and fluent proficiency of the Swahili language. We also had live music and percussion performances by The Camel Band and the DJ of the night was DJ Iborian, who also happens to be one of the exhibiting photographers, Humphrey Gateri.
Nairobi 47 is organized by Karakana Initiative, in partnership with the Photographers Association of Kenya (PAK), PhotoKenya and The Kenya Cultural Centre. The exhibition set at the installation was first showcased at the first edition of the Nairobi Festival in December last year. The first edition of Nairobi47 was held in 2017 at the same venue.