Nyumba Ata Choma
The installation responds to the current political climate in my birthplace of Kenya. In this work I am creating a false village landscape made of sniper tents. The tents have a single window (the window for the sniper to shoot from). From this window, my viewers will be able to watch a video that depicts the 1989 ivory burning that took place in Kenya, overlaid with serene footage of a camp fire. When assembled together the pseudo village will emote a sense of calmness and stability, but at a closer look the fire within reflects a different story. The video of the burning of ivory juxtaposed against the sniper tents relives a narrative of a country in disarray and shambles, which metaphorically reflects on the recent election and years of so-called democratic rule by a corrupt government.