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Kamwathi, Peterson - One Off Contemparary Gallery of Art Nairobi

Peterson Kamwathi: Constellation and Sediment II: The Void
The current state of the world is charged with concerns of movement and likely migration. Human movement has since time immemorial been a fundamental result to excesses in most societies. Different cultures coming into contact introduces new fronts that continue to expand human interaction. Contact between cultures is not necessarily an easy thing and this necessitates adjustments, both significant and subtle. Human Migration is a complex phenomenon and at its core remains mans desire to know and experience more or better. It is at its essence some form of therapy for humanity’s restlessness.
Most people can identify with the restlessness of the human spirit and therefore are sensitive to change in contexts. I love travelling and have been fortunate to do so on my own terms. I am aware that a lot of people are forced to do so as dictated to by the circumstances that confront them. This might be as result of conflict, changes in economies, diminished natural resources, and diseases or sudden changes to the environment. Each of these situations will have a different effect on how people migrate.

>> Peterson Kamwathi‘s * 1980 Nairobi

recent work is an examination of the body postures associated with various processes of human movement. The dive, the leap, the swim and the flight are indicative of the human body in a state of movement. It is that ephemeral and temporary point where the body passes through or is suspended in air or water. This is also a state of emptiness where the body sails through the void. The start is clear and certain but the end point is always hinged on dreams. Waiting too also becomes time suspended
‘Constellation and Sediments‘ is an ongoing series that started late last year, looking at the distressing conditions, so widely reported in the media, focusing on the spectacle of human migration towards the European North. One of the most visible features of this movement is the image of people clustered together in a state of waiting. This for me is partly emblematic of the place of collective and individual aspirations in the face of the difficult reality that people are at times forced to transition through. (Text: One Off Contemporary Art Gallery)