Kiboko

Kiboko’s style exemplifies his fascination with human interaction and the narrative created. He carefully observes the minor everyday movements people make and records them in sketches. These sketches become the basis for his art as his observations are transferred and realised onto textured and shaded of surfaces. Read more

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Kiboko

The works titled “In all the Wrong Places” and “Girls are Mean” are part of a series titled “A Conversation with Line” which explores the changing face of Africa, focusing on the younger generation and its “Afropolitan” culture. Kiboko’s work is also highly influenced by recent travels through Japan and the Manga comic books he discovered there. The fusion of styles and cultures which he shows in his work he calls “Afuranga”.

The narrative behind “A Conversation with Line” is informed by a past trip to Nairobi and delves into the culture shock experienced upon ones return to Africa after almost a decade away. From the onset, he felt a rift and cultural disconnect in the respect that the old, familiar, sweet Africa was gone and its place stood a quasi generic dubbed “Afropolitan” subculture that mimics the West; fierce, ferocious and ready to prove itself, yet not rooted in anything particularly substantial or fully developed to have its own voice or wage any serious arguments.

Old original Africa had become unfashionable, almost uncivilised, only called upon when trying to contextualise and give a sense of place to harness internationally commissioned projects or grants.

These works document a new search for a sense of self identity and definition whilst surrounded by local and international tags and labels. Kiboko immediately identified with certain aspects of such internal struggles and the series reflects many of his past experiences. Kiboko is a natural observer however these observations do not lay stagnant and whole in his mind but are spliced and cross referenced with previous encounters, informed and developed from his travels. An extract from a piece of his recent writing defining his practice summarises this best:

“Far too long have I edited the content of my paintings, straddling the line between the monikers of Street Art & Contemporary African Art [don't qualify for the Primitive Art section since I landed in Europe and was 'taught' in Art school] Thank you Chris Ofili & Wangechi Mutu for new found inspiration. Hope you enjoyed the old works. The next ones are going to be a doozy”

Following the “A Conversation with Line” series, Kiboko is working on a new body of work titled “Second Sin, Naked Apples” that explores sexuality in Africa.

Kiboko has taken part in both group and solo shows in the USA, Japan, UK and North Africa. He has recently been selected to show works on the Artist Screen over the summer at the Saatchi Gallery, London. Kiboko’s urban quality has attracted attention from edgy brands such as Converse and MTV who both hold works in their collections.

Selected Exhibitions

2012
Artists Open Studios, Laguna Beach, California, USA
Arte De Los Muertos, San Francisco, California, USA

2011
Ganbare Japan, The Rag Factory, London
I Am The Nublack, The Original Gallery, London
The Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair, Candid Arts Galleries, London

2010
Storytellers, Remp Art Gallery, Marrakech, Morocco
Cities, Harrow Arts Centre, London
Hut, Pot & Gourd, Open The Gate, London

2009
Fictitious Town, Private Residence, London
This Will Kill That, London
Tano, Inspiral Lounge, London

Residencies

2010
And Art, Marrakech

Awards

2010
Collective 6 Months Free Studio Space Award At Camden Town Unlimited, London ×