April 2015 – Segera Retreat is pleased to announce the launch of the Zeitz MOCAA Artist in Residency Programme in August 2015. Renowned Kenyan artist, Peterson Kamwathi, will be the first artist to spend the month of August at Segera – the East Africa hub of Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary African Art).
“We are thrilled to launch this unique programme at Segera, not only to welcome artists to the Retreat to spend time in nature and to be inspired by their pristine surroundings, but also to give our guests the extraordinary opportunity to directly engage with the leading artists of our time”, says Jochen Zeitz, Owner of Segera Retreat.
Through experiencing Segera’s inspiring environment together, including studio visits, artist’s talks, dining together and other social activities, guests will be able to learn first-hand about the artist's work, their research at Segera, their studio practice and the current issues they are engaging with.
Born in 1980 in Nairobi, Peterson Kamwathi's substantial body of work has established him as one of East Africa’s most evocative and aesthetically compelling artists. Created in a figurative tradition, Kamwathi’s works are also highly conceptual, focusing on distinct topics and executed with technical prowess. His social, political and cultural themes are rooted in the Kenyan context that surround him, but also take account of global phenomena. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues around the world and is represented in the permanent collection of Zeitz MOCAA, with selections on show at Segera Retreat.
As the East Africa hub of the Zeitz MOCAA, Segera liberally displays striking, relevant and at times culturally and socially challenging artworks from the Zeitz Collection throughout the Retreat. It strives to strengthen intercultural relationships and understanding, safeguarding cultural heritage while raising awareness of cultural diversity. Segera is a destination for fun, adventure, spiritual reflection and peace, pioneering and embracing the holistic 4Cs approach to sustainability (a balance of Conservation, Community, Culture and Commerce).
Segera is centrally positioned in the heart of Laikipia, one of Africa’s most exciting safari destinations, boasting the second highest density of wildlife in Kenya including elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, reticulated giraffe, Lelwel’s hartebeest and providing a refuge for endangered species such as Grevy’s zebra, patas monkey and African wild dog.
For more information on Segera’s Artist in Residency Programme, please contact Segera GM, Jens Kozany: Jens@Segera.com.