Naturally it becomes almost impossible to single out a particular publication. However there is an emerging publishing trend that deserves to be highlighted, namely the emergence of more in-depth publications on individual artists working on the continent—publications that place their work within the contexts of both the local art scene as well as within broader global developments. Without a critical focus on the local art scene, most activities and developments remain not only superficial but also run the risk of being overlooked in the constructing of local and continental histories.
Over the past two years a project between the Goethe Institute, Kenya and publishers Contact Zones NRB have resulted in the publication of three monographs concerning current artistic activity in Nairobi. The artists are Sam Hopkins, Peterson Kimathi and Ato Malinda. The publishers described their objectives as “Emerging from the specific perspective of Nairobi, the series is largely dedicated to the protagonists of the East African artistic, activist and intellectual scenes. The spectrum ranges from art projects and cultural practice to knowledge production and political interventions, using the book as a medium.”
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