Lost + Found: Where Artists Converge

Article by The Editor
Posted: August 24, 2021  

How can creatives connect and collaborate with their peers in meaningful ways that push their artistic practice? East African Soul Train (E.A.S.T.)  is up to the task. This unique mobile residency brings together artists from across the East African region to collaborate across artistic disciplines. 

Lost + Found is an interdisciplinary artist residency and research program – produced by EAST and supported by African Culture Fund, Goethe Institut Tanzania and Goethe Zentrum Kampala. It kicked off early August and will bring virtual and offline worlds together in experimental ways, investigating how key elements of this intense journey, which catalyses connection, collaboration and cutting-edge work across geographies and disciplines, can be adapted and translated using lowtech technology and gamified approaches. 

The residency will engage 13 cutting-edge contemporary artists from across Africa, India and Europe working in different disciplines. Kenya will be represented by 5 artists:

  • Checkmate Mido: Performing Artist/Musician/Poet/Actor/Beatboxer   
  • Chief Nyamweya: Illustrator/Animator
  • Gigi Hepp:Musician/Visual Artist/Filmmaker  
  • Kevin Karanja: Digital mixed media artist 
  • Maïmouna Jallow: Storyteller/Playwright/Theatre & Film Director 

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Over the course of five weeks, artists will be guided through and invited to co-create a process virtually that inspires them to play, to share perspectives, to challenge their peers, take risks and create new collaborative work, for on and offline audiences. The residency explores the theme ‘lost + found’.

Artistic Director Maïmouna Jallow explains that at a time when the world is experiencing a global sense of loss, artists want to explore both loss and regeneration from a personal and communal perspective and reimagine new futures.

Together, the artists will produce:

  • New interdisciplinary creative work
  •  A hybrid (virtual/physical) performance that will explore new ways to share work with on and offline audiences
  •  A collaborative research report and webinar to document our learnings and share artists’ experiences with a wide range of stakeholders and through media partners

Watch the artists in action HERE 


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