Peterson Kamwathi

Matter of Record



Peterson Kamwathi
Untitled
Woodcut print
Artist's proof 1 of 1
2010 89 x 122cm

Ed Cross Fine Art Ltd
Buckle Street
London

20 October - 20 November 2010
Viewings from now, by appointment only


Peterson Kamwathi (b.1980), is one of Kenya's leading visual artists. His powerful works are created in response to specific national and global socio-economic and political phenomena. Events such as the botched 2007 Kenyan General Elections that brought the country to the brink of civil war and the long and tortuous process of establishing a new post colonial constitution.

In his new "queue" works the artist explores the meaning of queues in varying local and international contexts from Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Kenyans waiting patiently in line to cast their votes.

The works are devoid of narcissism. Kamwathi's motivation flows from a sense of belonging and duty to his society and wider humanity and the world. Artist in the tradition of story teller, as recorder, questioner and harbinger.

Matter of Record, Peterson Kamwathi's first solo show in London, will bring together works from the last four years - woodcut prints and plates, and charcoal drawings.

The exhibition will be opened by renowned Ethiopian curator Meskerem Assegued.

Presented with support from The African Arts Trust.