‘Floating, Flying’ into the Africa of the surreal

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‘Floating, Flying’ into the Africa of the surreal

Project by the Artists Xchange mixes together creative minds from Turkana, Karamoja, Kampala and Nairobi

Jackie May

Turkana, in the far reaches of northern Kenya, is a stark, arid region and home to the world’s largest desert lake. The area, long neglected while Kenya focused on its green, agricultural south, is now the centre of a scramble for oil and water. Karamoja in Uganda, rich with gold, limestone and marble, has had a similarly fraught relationship with the agricultural south.

Artists Elizabeth Korikel, Margy Modo and Chebet Mutai have created Floating, Flying, a series shot in and around the landscapes of Eliye, Lake Turkana, to celebrate their heritage. 

Modo, from Karamoja, creates fashion and beadwork inspired by her heritage; Korikel, from Turkana, fuses traditional Turkana and modern bead designs; while Mutai, from Nairobi, creates leather bags and home décor items...

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