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Report on realization of three exhibitions after festivals 

Deliverable 3.2

Kenyan artists enjoyed the opportunity to continue their creative cooperation with Polish artists – albeit under special circumstances – with the results exhibited at the National Museum in Szczecin (NMS) – Museum of Contemporary Art. The NMS staged three exhibitions based on DUOS Festival events in Kenya, realized during one-month secondments of Kenyan artists in Poland in 2021 and 2023. Each was accompanied by collateral events, displays of works in public spaces, and meetings and talks in which the public could engage with the makers of the art on display and documented in the NMS exhibitions. Marlena Chbosky-Butler (NMS) and Łukasz Jastrubczak (AASZ) curated the Szczecin iterations of the DUOS Festival exhibition.  


Given the dynamics of the gallery space provided for the main exhibitions in Szczecin, artists and curators modified and adapted presentations of each project realized in Kilifi and Mombasa during the Festivals to this white-cube environment. The main titles and themes developed for the festivals remained the same: Community, Women Power, and Social Ecology. And artists remade and rebuilt some works shipped from Kenya. Others were presented in documentary form, including video projections, photography, sound recording, and written descriptions.   


The COVID-19 pandemic restrictions also played a role in the Szczecin presentations. Imposed in Poland in March 2020, the directives forced the organization of a joint exhibition comprising works from the first and second DUOS Festivals, which ran from November 12, 2021 – January 16, 2022. In preparation, the NMS realized an outdoor exhibition promoting the TPAAE project around the city for the forthcoming events in Szczecin. During the month of May 2021, the NMS contracted to place five (5) large-format photographs placed at tram stops in the city centre. Taken by Polish photographer Emilia Łapko of fashions created by Kenyan designer Wacu Kihara, the images made during the first Duos Festival in Kilifi during March 2021 alerted residents to the upcoming exhibition. The NMS staged the third DUOS Festival from June 29 – September 9, 2023.  

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