A group of Chinese artists held an exhibition at Kenya’s Nairobi University Arts Centre on Monday to showcase their interpretations of Kenya through painting.
Over 20 painters presented their work to a large audience, taking members through the inspiration behind each artwork and where they created it.
“This is Kenya,” one artist told CGTN, who had painted his favourite location in the country – a balcony that overlooked the resort in which he had stayed.
Aside from the paintings, students of the University of Nairobi and of China’s Tsinghua University took part in a fashion show.
For the exhibition, Zhang Gang represented the Chinese Embassy to Kenya and spoke on behalf of the Chinese Ambassador, Liu Xianfa.
“From this programme, we can see that Kenya has [the] potential to attract more painters and artists from all over the world, including China,” Zhang said.
“The diversity and the expansiveness of China, also has abundant painters to offer. There are so much more to be shared between Kenya and Chinese artists.”
The event was organised by the Afro Sino Cultural exchange Association, with the help of the University of Nairobi and China’s Tsinghua University.
In 2017, both Tsinghua University and University of Nairobi established an agreement to boost cooperation between the two institutes.
The aim was to facilitate the collaborations and activities between the two universities. With both providing office spaces on campus, and appointing directors to coordinate the office operations.
In his statement, Zhang also looked to how this exhibition could be a platform for increasing relations between Chinese and Kenyans in the future.
“Thank you to the Chinese artists, I believe that you will bring back to China, beautiful memories about Kenya – and, that you have worked together with Kenyan artists over the past two weeks, and you will go back to China with friendships.”
Sino-Kenyan relations are increasing, not only on the inter-governmental level. The Chinese Embassy is supporting a number of cultural events that help to create a greater understanding between the two countries’ way of life.