Osborne Macharia photography draws on culture, fiction and narrative to tell afrofuturist narratives that depict transformation. In the Kipipiri series, four former wives of Mau Mau Generals who live within the Kipiriri forest adorn elaborate, symbolic hairstyles whenever a full moon is approaching. In Magadi, former female circumcisers living in Lake Magadi, have abandoned their former practice and taken up ethnic fashion as an alternative livelihood and tool to help a younger generation of women.
Dennis Mũragũri’s woodcut prints chronicle matatus, the most common mode of public transport in Nairobi. He documents their changing facades, viewing them as metaphorical symbols of the economic and socio-political status of society and as machines with a complex relationship with the governments attempts at regulation. The artwork on the matatus reflects current preoccupations and future aspirations, political and ideological affiliations, current affairs and popular global culture.
In the Folk Memory series, Ephrem Solomon’s woodcuts highlight the importance of living in the present and being expectant of the future. He utilizes archival newsprint to reflect on previous political ideologies, providing a potent background for portraits of unidentified individuals to be memorialized. The figures, dressed in black, appear to be in mourning the loss of loved ones and the inevitable passage of time.