Thursday, 31 March 2011

Raindrops fall on me...

Pink Bloom in the Garden by Sikiliza

The rain drops plop on the grass carpet
Swallowed by the rich red soil beneath
The sky greyed, heavy and swollen
Opening revealing and birthing
Cleansing us with bounties of water
Washing off the grime on my burdened heart
I lift my face, close my eyes and wait
As the rain cleanses my tears of sorrow away

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Curving the Visual Photography Exhibition Nairobi

Women who bloom..By Sikiliza

Curving the Visual is a photography exhibition involving 5 photographers. The artists are Barbara Minishi, Wambui Mwangi, Kasyoka Mwanzia, Silvia Gichia and me Sikiliza. The show is at Alliance Française Nairobi. The show has been extended to 21st April 2011. 

Women and nationhood by Sikiliza

I enjoyed my part where I chose to illustrate women as life givers, their transformations within, outward changes, the curves, the glow and the moments of pensiveness as they lay a hand on their belly wondering about the life growing inside them...perhaps imagining what great things the unborn generations will do on this earth...

Women as Life-givers by Sikiliza

I am also very pleased with the wonderful reviews we received from this show...  I hope this encourages more of us women to document and illustrate our lives and our beauty...our lives, our stories....

Women creators of future generations by Sikiliza

Saturday, 19 March 2011

You are another me....

You are a rock of in my life.
Elephants in Amboseli 2010

In you I hear words and see expressions or an impish grin
So familiar as I recognise it each time I look into the mirror.

All through my life I have looked up to the ways
You touch things and turn them to glittering gold.

Stories weren’t just stories with you, they came alive
And you captivated my mind.

You made hard things look so easy

You never let me sink and wallow in those dark places

You woke me up from my nightmares
And gave me real dreams to float away with.

You are another me
A braver one
A me I am very proud of being part of.

Monday, 7 March 2011

"Curving the Visual" Alliance Française Galleries 8-31st March

Tomorrow, Tuesday the 8th of March 2011 is International Women's Day.

To many this day may not mean very much to our otherwise busy was the same case for me for a long time.

But then I came across amazing women, great thinkers and women who are driven to make a positive difference in palpable ways. Women who are generous with thought, ideas and sharing of skills and experience. Women who are courageous to stand against all wrong. Motherhood and sisterhood meshed together.

And so I paid a little bit more attention to these kinds of women and on what they do to make a difference no matter how small... I consider them all very much as my mentors and I learnt the lesson of replacing self gratification to a much wider scale; that of lifting the lives of others.

This year, I was invited to participate in a journey of art called "Curving the Visual" it involves the photographic art of Wambui Mwangi, Silvia Gichia, Barbara Minishi, Kasyoka Mwanzia and me, Sikiliza. The journey is a documentation of African women photographic African women, these are our stories. We have an amazing text on the collection by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor. The show opens on 8th March 2011 at Alliance Française Galleries Nairobi at 6.30pm. The exhibition will run till 31st March 2011.

Please join us celebrating women; come and be part of our stories.