Enkang’ Ang’: Our Home

Enkang’ Ang’: Our Home is a depiction of the rich Maasai heritage through three-dimensional scans, virtual reality simulations, a series of photographs, and short film created by a cohort of Kenyan female artists who visited Twala Tenebo women’s village and documented their hosts’ lives, including Maasai homestead history and design; diet; rituals; objects; and effects of climate change. Enkang’ Ang’: Our Home serves as futuristic nexus for culture and invites the viewer to meet prominent Indigenous women figures like Enkoiboni, a matriarch leader and spiritual oracle. This exhibition was executively produced by Lead Artist Fellow Naitiemu Nyanjom, in collaboration with Shamina Rajab, Natasha Khanyola, Jess Olago, Kadesa Sarah, Laissa Malih, Achieng’ Otieno, Mercy Barno, Rosemary Wangari, Antonate Aiko, Lindsay Adhiambo Obath, Dayna Danger, Regan de Loggans, and Wambui Kinyua. Rose Nenini, Antonia Kihara, Adrian Jankowiak, Stephen Kimani, and Longino Muluka served as cultural advisors to the artists.

Traditional forms of Indigenous and East African architecture have often been misrepresented in mainstream media and academia. The majority of Indigenous peoples reside in rural areas, building and living in structures constructed with materials that have been obtained locally. These structures, often created through the use of architectural techniques, have been utilized for generations. Unfortunately, a myth exists that Indigenous vernacular architecture is substandard, temporary, or for the poor. Indigenous communities from the Americas and East Africa are continuously striving for environmental stability through architectural design. However, these communities are often met with natural and governmental challenges that have threatened the traditional value of vernacular and cultural practices of various architectural styles.

Enkang’ Ang’: Our Home was sponsored and facilitated by the Soul of Nations Foundation, under the Green Architecture Project, and supported by the American Embassy Nairobi, and Nairobi Design Week.

Available Works

All works were created through the Green Architecture Project’s one-year virtual fellowship and exchange program between Kenyan and Indigenous American artists. Together, the artists created works that helped to broaden their understanding of cultural identity, environmental stability, and architectural design.

Virtual Reality Experience

Short Films

Artist Talk

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