Michael Armitage, Portrait © White Cube (George Darrell)

#HDKfromhome - Artist Talk with Michael Armitage and Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

Artist talk,

Practical information

Artist talk in English
Reservation required
5 €

Event overview

As part of the exhibition "Michael Armitage. Paradise Edict", a conversation between the writer Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and Michael Armitage will take place and will be livestreamed. The two share a long friendship and a similar artistic approach to current Kenyan events. Like Armitage’s paintings, in which different cultural influences and themes are superimposed in complex painterly layers, Owuor is known for her polyphonic and dense prose, which explores global themes while remaining embedded in the East African region.

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (*1968 in Kenya, lives and works in Nairobi) is an award-winning author and is considered one of the most important voices in contemporary African literature. In 2003 she received the Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story “The Weight of Whispers.” Her much-acclaimed debut novel “Dust,” based on a family history, traces the historical development of Kenya from colonial times to the unrest following the 2007/08 presidential elections, and was awarded the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature. In 2019 her second novel “The Dragonfly Sea” was published, a coming-of-age story set on the Kenyan island of Godfather. In 2018/19 Owuor was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and at the Institut d’Études Avancées in Nantes. She is currently the Dorothea Schlegel Artist in Residence at the Cluster of Excellence “Temporal Communities” at the Free University of Berlin.

In English 

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Portrait Yvonne Owuor © Maurice Weiss / OSTKREUZ
Portrait Yvonne Owuor © Maurice Weiss / OSTKREUZ