FROM KOLAJ 21
How Kenyan Collagist Jacque Njeri Elevates African Identity to Celestial Heights
“The act of looking forward and backward at the same time poses little challenge for artist Jacque Njeri. Her collage practice overcomes physical impossibility to propel viewers into a realm of simultaneous reflection on the past and vision for the future. Building on the theme of pan-African identity at the heart of her “Stamp” series, Njeri’s latest project, “MaaSci,” imagines members of the eponymous tribe in striking science fiction locales,” writes Sofia Misenheimer in Kolaj #21. Her profile of Njeri appears in the issue.
“My work is a revolt against the system as we know it, or rather, how we’ve been made to accept it,” said Njeri. “Art has the power to transform.”
Jacque Njeri is a digital collage artist, with a background in design, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her ongoing “MaaSci” series offers a fusion of Maasai culture, futurism, and science fiction, while her upcoming project, “The Mau Mau Dream,” looks to the past to reclaim old photographs of Kenyan freedom fighters and portray them as modern-day heroes. For more of her work, visit her Instagram @fruit_junkie.
Images by Jacque Njeri:
Lift Off from the “MaaSci” series
Eartha from the “Stamp” series