Wajukuu Art Project

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Wajukuu Art Project is a community-based organization situated in the Lunga-Lunga neighborhood of the Mukuru slum in Nairobi.

The project was established in 2004 by a group of artists with a common goal: to make Mukuru a place where children can thrive and to create employment through the production and sale of quality artworks.

Mukuru slum sits on a hillside below the factories that make up the industrial area of Nairobi. A nearby dumpsite draws youth from the slum, who are largely shut out from employment in the factories that pollute their community. Scavenging for items to sell is one of the few economic opportunities available to them. Many eventually turn to crime and selling drugs. Violence and sexual assault are all too common, jeopardizing their well-being and claiming the lives of many young victims. From this landscape, Wajukuu emerged, a testimony to the resilience and capacity of people to transmute suffering into beauty.

Art forms the backbone of Wajukuu. It is understood not just as a practice but a way of life. Through art classes, Wajukuu empowers children and youth to cope with daily challenges, and speak out against injustices imposed on them. A community library, the first in Mukuru, provides a safe space for students and adults to study. Documentary screenings and mural painting address various topics such as conflict resolution, crime prevention, culture practices, gender equality, health, teen pregnancy, and youth decision-making. This way, Wajukuu creates a platform for the community to fully participate in the issues affecting them.

Wajukuu Art Project’s website

ARTWORKS

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    Joseph Waweru Wangui, Msingi wa nyumbani

    2022 / Mixed media installation / Dimensions variable

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    Ngugi Waweru, Kahiu kogi gatemaga mwene

    2022 / Mixed Media Installation / Dimensions variable

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    Shabu Mwangi, Wrapped Reality

    2022 / Mixed Media / Dimensions variable

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    Wajika Kwetu, When they come to our place

    2022 / Mixed-media installation / Dimensions variable

  • Wajukuu captive believes documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Shabu Mwangi, Captive believes

    2022 / Oil on canvas / 160 x 200 cm / 63.0 x 78.7 in

  • Wajukuu trauma at birth documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Shabu Mwangi, Trauma at birth

    2022 / Oil on canvas / 200 x 160 cm / 78.7 x 63.0 in

  • Wajukuu valor of hope documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Kimathi Kaaria, Valor of hope

    2022 / Mixed media on canvas / 70 x 95 cm / 27.6 x 37.4 in

  • Wajukuu scars documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Kimathi Kaaria, Scars

    2022 / Mixed media on canvas / 147 x 170 cm / 57.9 x 66.9 in

  • Wajukuu emotional bond documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Kimathi Kaaria, Emotional bond

    2022 / Mixed media on canvas / 70 x 90 cm / 27.6 x 35.4 in

  • Wajukuu affectionate documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Kimathi Kaaria, Affecionate

    2022 / Acrylic on canvas / 60 x 70 cm / 23.6 x 27.6 in

  • Wajukuu reconstructing documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Joseph Waweru, Reconstructing

    2021 / Mixed media on canvas / 100 x 100 cm / 39.4 x 39.4 in

  • Wajukuu presenting a home documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Joseph Waweru, Presenting a home

    2021 / Mixed media on canvas, 2021 / 100 x 100 cm / 39.4 x 39.4 in

  • Wajukuu illusion documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Stanley Githinji, Illusion

    2022 / Acrylic on canvas / 70 x 50 cm / 27.6 x 19.7 in

  • Wajukuu faces documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Stanley Githenji, Faces

    2022 / Acrylic on canvas / 90 x 69 cm / 35.4 x 27.2 in

  • Wajukuu man down documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Ngugi Waweru, Man down

    2018 / Acrylic on canvas / 75 x 140 cm / 29.5 x 55.1 in

  • Wajukuu powerless documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Ngugi Waweru, Powerless

    2018 / Acrylic on canvas / 72 x 104 cm / 28.3 x 40.9 in

  • Wajukuu tega niku tege documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Ngugi Waweru, Tega niku tege

    2020 / Mixed media on canvas / 182 x 144 cm / 71.7 x 56.7 in

  • Wajukuu lock down documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Ngugi Waweru, Lock down

    2020 / Acrylic on canvas / 142 x 125 cm / 55.9 x 49.2 in

  • Wajukuu heaven and hell decide documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Ngugi Waweru, Heaven and hell decide

    2022 / Acrylic on canvas / 145 x 98 cm / 57.1 x 38.6 in

  • Wajukuu the long wait documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Ngugi Waweru, The long wait

    2021 / Acrylic on canvas / 118 x 88 cm / 46.5 x 34.6 in

  • Wajukuu embracing self documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Shabu Mwangi, Embracing self – reserved

    2019 / Oil on canvas / 137 x 105 cm / 53.9 x 41.3 in

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    Shabu Mwangi, Untitled 2

    2019 / Oil on canvas / 137 x 90 cm / 53.9 x 35.4 in

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    Freshia Njeri, The window (2) – sold

    2022 / Acrylic on canvas / 37 x 54 cm / 14.6 x 21.3 in

  • Wajukuu the window 1 documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Freshia Njeri, The window (1) – reserved

    2022 / Acrylic on canvas / 40 x 71 cm / 15.7 x 28.0 in

  • Wajukuu the elder documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Lazarus Tumbuti, The elder

    2019 / Acrylic on canvas / 69 x 54 cm / 27.2 x 21.3 in

  • Wajukuu white cat documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Lazarus Tumbuti, White cat

    2021 / Acrylic on canvas / 100 x 77 cm / 39.4 x 30.3 in

  • Wajukuu untitled 1 documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Lazarus Tumbuti, Untitled 1

    2020 / Acrylic on canvas / 105 x 74 cm / 41.3 x 29.1 in

  • Wajukuu old nyatiti documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Lazarus Tumbuti, Old nyatiti

    2021 / Acrylic on canvas / 102 x 77 cm / 40.2 x 30.3 in

  • Wajukuu mother care 2 documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Lazarus Tumbuti, Mother care 2

    2021 / Acrylic on canvas / 107 x 78 cm / 42.1 x 30.7 in

  • Wajukuu mother care 1 documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Lazarus Tumbuti, Mother care 1

    2021 / Acrylic on canvas / 104 x 67 cm / 40.9 x 26.4 in

  • Wajukuu sometimes in july documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Lazarus Tumbuti, Sometimes in july

    2021 / Acrylic on canvas / 96 x 73 cm / 37.8 x 28.7 in

  • Wajukuu small windows documenta15 ruangrupa contemporary art

    Sammy Mutinda, Small windows

    2021 / Acrylic on canvas / 91 x 69 cm / 35.8 x 27.2 in

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