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GALLERIES: An imagination of planes and voids - 10 months ago, 25 Maý 18:11

Frank Whalley

You cannot turn a corner in Nairobi without seeing a new building reaching for the sky. Whether an office block or highrise apartment, a boom is under way.

The same is true of Kampala, Dar es Salaam and Kigali… but whether these spanking suites will ever be occupied or we are witnessing a speculators’ bubble, our grandchildren will be here to see.

All this concrete and glass does at least prove cities are dynamic and that each generation leaves its trace — a tracking of our need, ambition or purely our greed — to show future residents we left our mark as surely as the builders of, say, Great Zimbabwe, Axum or Timbuktu.

Recording all this with an artist’s eye is a painter who adopted an abstract style to capture the internal geometry, planes and voids of all this energy.

He is Sidney Mang’ong’o and 27 of his paintings can be seen in ...
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