March 2016 – Segera Retreat is delighted to announce two new residencies by artisanal master craftsmen, Michelin-starred chef Sascha Kemmerer and renowned African artist Michele Mathison, as part of its ongoing commitment to enhancing its guest experience and to challenge the limitations of the traditionally-defined safari experience.
From 3 to 10 April 2016, Sascha Kemmerer, who hails from the renowned Restaurant "Kilian Stuba" – 1 Michelin Star and 17 Points Gault Millau – at the Travel Charm Ifen Hotel in Austria, will be visiting Kenya to explore local cultures and learn about the culinary opportunities at Segera. Sascha will not only share his incredible expertise with Segera's local head chef and her team, but will also be happy to exchange culinary thoughts with Segera’s guests. He will also conduct cooking classes and spice up the Retreat’s fresh, seasonal farm-to-table menus with his stellar skills.
Meanwhile, Segera’s June 2016 Artist in Residence will be Michele Mathison. Living and working between South Africa and Zimbabwe, Michele’s work is a study on the value of common objects and how they have developed into symbols and imagery of the region’s tumultuous times. Informed by his own migratory experiences, his sculptures and installations form a visual language for both the personal and political. His critically-acclaimed solo show Uproot was shown at London’s Tyburn gallery in February 2016.
Michele will be at Segera from 15 to 30 June 2016, giving guests the extraordinary opportunity to directly engage with one of Africa’s vital contemporary artists. Through experiencing this inspiring environment together, including the option of dining together, studio visits, attending artist’s talks and other social activities, guests are able to learn first-hand about Michele’s work, his research at Segera, his studio practice and the current issues he’s engaging with. It is a rare opportunity to be in the presence of individuals who are creating the history of art in our time.
“We are delighted to welcome both Sascha and Michele to Segera Retreat in April and June respectively, and look forward to seeing how they translate the beauty and drama of Laikipia into the various tastes, textures and artwork that they each create”, says Segera’s General Manager, Jens Kozany. “At Segera, we place considerable emphasis on personalised, unforgettable experiences against a background of sustainable conservation initiatives, and have no doubt that the passion and creativity of both Michele and Sascha will contribute immeasurably to our guest experience.”
Michelin-starred chef Sascha Kemmerer; Artwork and profile of artist Michele Mathison