Awuor Onyango is a writer and multidisciplinary artist, based in the pagan citadel of Nairobi, somewhat trained in English & French laws (Dip), Fine Art & Film (disc). Her practice is concerned with (re)claiming public space erased/appropriated and or disallowed to people considered black, femme and other, whether the space is intellectual, physical, in memory or historical. Through writing, design, photography, (experimental) film and fine art she explores issues of access, transgression, shame and discomfort of the (continental) black femme. Her multidisciplinary approach is rooted in the ephemeral, interactive and lived art traditions of East Africa, in which the seeking is supreme and the art object merely evidence of the seeking.
Recent exhibitions; Genesis: Autonomous bodies, Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth, Germany (2018/19), 30 under 30.Kioko Mwitiki Gallery, (Nairobi, 2018), A Celebration of Queer Love, Iwalewa Haus,( 2018), Appropriation and other practises, HBK Braunschweig (2018), School of Anxiety, Jo’Burg Art Fair, Johannesburg (2017), Freedom Corner, Nairobi (2018), Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art, Berlin (2018), Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain Pop Up, Nairobi, (2018), 27. Shift Eye Gallery, Nairobi, (2017).
Recent Publications: Shades of Noir ToR: Autonomy, Activism and Art Direction, UK, (2019), School of Anxiety (2018), Concerning Nuditude (2017),
Recent Film: Price Of Our Freedom (Udada Festival 2018), Reinventing the Cross (DLA 2018 VR longlist), 2035 (CMI 2018)