My most recent body of work tells the story of a black man trying to find his way home after he finds himself in a mysterious world. We see him wandering about in a strange crow-inhabited island-type universe seemingly in space dominated by watchtowers, satellites, fences & sometimes paper planes & boats. These drawings are insights to this alternate universe & they try to unravel this narrative while questioning the man’s presence, which can be interpreted as existing in someone’s subconscious.
The unfolding story is tied to present day conversations around migration and displacement, home as well as the existence of alternate universes.
Jackie Karuti was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and has in recent years gained positive attention for her experimental, conceptual work using new media. She explores themes of death, sexuality, identity & space using installation, video and performance art as well as mixed-media work. Jackie has exhibited and participated in workshops and residencies in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Sweden, The Netherlands, Uganda, the UK and the USA. She has also collaborated with other artists & institutions in various film, photography and academic projects. She is based in Nairobi.
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