Artnet: Artists and Scholars From Europe and Africa Are Collaborating to Help Kenya Reclaim Its Art From Foreign Museums

Artnet: Artists and Scholars From Europe and Africa Are Collaborating to Help Kenya Reclaim Its Art From Foreign Museums. “There are no museum objects on view at a major museum exhibition in Nairobi, only empty display cases. This poignant absence that pervades ‘Invisible Inventories,’ which opens at the Nairobi National Museum on March 18, is the product of a years-long research project by the National Museums of Kenya alongside two German institutions, the Welkulturen Museum in Frankfurt and the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne. Together, they are tackling how to make Kenya’s art and objects—which are currently largely found peppered across Western cultural institutions, either on display or stowed away—present in the African country.”

Mashujaa: Celebrate the communities of Kenya with Google Arts & Culture (Google Blog)

Google Blog: Mashujaa: Celebrate the communities of Kenya with Google Arts & Culture. “Originally launched in 2019, Utamaduni Wetu: Meet the People of Kenya is Google’s most ambitious digitization project to date in Africa, and one of the first digital content features on the subject of Kenyan communities. Everyone can now explore over 10,600 high-resolution photographs, 170 expert-curated exhibits, 80 Street Views of 16 sites and learn more about the intangible heritage and stories of the country’s 44 communities officially registered by the government.”

Google Blog: Preserving stories of Black History in the UK and beyond

Google Blog: Preserving stories of Black History in the UK and beyond. “The theme of the motherland can also be found in another new exhibition on Google Arts & Culture. Everyone in the world can trace their origins back to East Africa, which is sometimes called the cradle of mankind. We’ve collaborated with the National Museums of Kenya in a new online collection that celebrates the heritage and stories of Kenya’s many communities.” I had mentioned this before in RB but only as something that was going to happen, and I didn’t realize it was so close to competition.

Coast Week: UN to launch Chinese-funded digital library on Kenya’s traditional games

Coast Week: UN to launch Chinese-funded digital library on Kenya’s traditional games. “The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will next week launch a digital library on traditional games in Kenya to preserve the cultural heritage. The project, dubbed: ‘Creating Open Digital Library on Traditional Games in Kenya,’ is funded by Chinese tech firm Tencent and is part of a global project launched in 2015 by the UNESCO Office in Beijing.” Why, yes, I do believe that’s the same Tencent that just took a stake in Snap.