The Price of Tribal Politics By Boniface Mwangi
Excerpt from the photo narrative on Kenya's post-election violence
Film/photography: The Price of Tribal Politics
excerpt from the photo narrative on Kenya's post-election violence
by Boniface Mwangi
Opening 4 September, 17-18.30 hrs.
Exhibition 3-18 September, 11.00-16.00 mon-fri
Boniface Mwangi (1983, Taveta) is a photo journalist and exemplary photo activist. Inspired by photography’s role in raising consciousness of the Ethiopian famine, he taught himself photographic skills and submitted images to the East African Standard. The newspaper offered him a job and Mwangi, aged 23, covered Kenya’s 2007 election campaign and its terrible aftermath. Despite great personal danger, he recorded the intercommunity violence that left more than 1,500 dead and hundreds of thousands injured or displaced.
Four prominent Kenyans will be tried for crimes against humanity during this period at the International Criminal Court in The Hague in April 2013. Two of them are candidates for the upcoming Kenyan elections in March. A 6-image photo narration from Mwangi’s book The Price of Tribal Politics is being exhibited until the 18th of October in Het Nutshuis.
In 2010 Boniface Mwangi received the CNN Mohamed Amin Photographic Award for African Journalists. His post poll chaos photographs have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Sunday Times, International Herald Tribune and BBC Focus on Africa Magazine.
From 1-8 September 2012, Mwangi will be visiting the Netherlands, at the invitation of the Prince Claus Fund and Creative Court, which explores the interface between art, conflict and international law. On the 4th of September he will be giving a presentation in Het Nutshuis after the screening of his documentary Heal The Nation (28.33").
The exhibition is curated by Creative Court and Het Nutshuis in collaboration with the Prince Claus Fund. Courtesy of the artist (www.bonifacemwangi.com).
In relation to this photo narration Het Nutshuis will screen a series of documentaries and film about elections. Start of the series will be the DoDo (Documentaire Donderdag) on the 6th of September: Cities on Speed: Bogotá Change, directed by Andreas Møl Dalsgaard (Denmark 2009, 60 min).
During his stay in The Hague, Boniface will visit the International Institute for Social Studies and the Humanity House and get a tour through Transvaal by local graffiti artists. For detailed information on his activities, please contact email@example.com.
Entrance is free, please reserve via firstname.lastname@example.org
The screening and presentation will be in English