One of the main aims of the Festival of Art and Education “DUOS” is the exchange of knowledge and experience between artists from Szczecin (Poland) and Kilifi County (Kenya). Artists work in DUOS in Kilifi and also in collaboration with the local community. Afterwards DUOS expand their projects in Szczecin and present them at National Museum in Szczecin.
The artists meet in DUOS in various disciplines: painting, sculpture, dance, performance, music, design, film, photography, architecture, and social sciences. DUOS work together for a period of three weeks, including the first week to establish cooperation and define a joint project, and the next two weeks to develop it, together with a focus group consisting of students, local youth, and practitioners (craftsmen, musicians , dancers, seamstresses etc). Each DUO has a dedicated space for work – in a local elementary school, Pwani University, the streets and walls of Mnarani district, or the studio of local painter. It is important for us that our activities are accessible for other community members and visible for the bigger public. The three-week cooperation is therefore summed up with three days of presentations of its results as a Festival, which is freely accessible for the local community. The Festival includes an open-air cinema, concerts, shows, games and activities for children, in addition to exhibitions, guided tours, and open studios.
To fully realise the potential of the exchange, we cooperate with local organizations and activists from the region. If you are visiting this site from Kilifi, and you would like to get involved, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The bigger picture:
The experimental fervor of DUOS, their practices and ideas, and the final projects will help the educational team to form a specific methodology in establishing Departments of Arts at Pwani University. How to teach art in local contexts? How to teach contemporary art in respect to local tradition, needs, and market? Art practice can strengthen the local COMMUNITY. It is possible through its means, to imagine and work for a better future, in which human needs, mutual understanding, and joint creation are cherished and celebrated.
The collaboration in DUOS continues in Szczecin, where the Polish artists will host their Kenyan partners. For one month they will be working at Academy of Art, together with students, expanding their projects, and preparing for the final exhibition at the National Museum in Szczecin.
Zorka Wollny & Łukasz Jastrubczak