By Ogova Ondego
Published November 26, 2014
A three-day art exhibition titled ‘Silent Conversation’ opened at the Italian Institute of Culture in Nairobi on November 25, 2014.
The exhibition, that features 25 portraits of various dimensions all produced in 2014, is said to be interrogating what the Italian Institute of Culture describes as the relationship among the artist, the art and the viewer.It is a collection of portrait paintings of women creating dialogue between the viewer and the ‘paintings’.
Though not quite detailed, says exhibitor Longino Nagila,”the portraits silently hold the attention of the viewer,” creating what he refers to as “an emotional disturbance.”
“My work,” says Nagila, “embodies my interest in socio-economic situations in life, while provoking thoughts that are driven towards the judgment of these situations. I consider my paintings as a platform for conversation from within an individual or between two or more people. My main subject is humans, with a keen interest in their emotions as expressed through their eyes.”
To the artist, children and women are “vessels and sources of life.”