Inema, Inspiring East African Arts

Their mushanana contrasts with the vests and necklaces.

Slowly, they pound the ebyanzi (milk gourds) in colour they smile, in art they jubilate. This is a painting by Benon Ruganzu, Bride it depicts an initial stage of presenting milk gourds to the groom’s family in the Kinyarwanda traditional marriage.

Bride is one of the outstanding paintings at Inema arts centre in Kacyiru, the heart of Kigali, the Rwandan capital. The centre is a collection of East African creative artistes with the aim of promoting personal, social and economic growth.

Founded in 2012 by brothers Innocent Nkurunziza and Emmanuel Nkuranga, ‘Inema’ is a combination of their two names which can also mean a gift or talent in Kinyarwanda. Inema currently provides space for ten artistes in residence to explore their creative talent, each of these is producing their own style of contemporary African art.

According to Nkurunziza, Inema was founded in an effort to share their creative passion with the world. Currently working with Ugandans like Ruganzu, Hoods Juuko and Mark Kassi among others, he notes that they would love to work with more creative people from across the region.

The centre does not fold its artistes they are allowed to ooze all the imaginative ideas regardless of how gross or wild they may sound the art piece of a real bicycle with a camouflaging background is simply amazing, yet others like Juuko’s On the watch, give you a feel of the jungle with three leopards on the lookout.

“We wanted a bigger space that would not limit expression,” Nkurunziza said, adding it was even expensive for upcoming artists to exhibit since they were charged a minimum of $1,000.

Today, the centre is set to become a beacon for cultivating creative expression in East Africa. The brothers have spread their wings to other projects such as the Inema Dance and Nziza Art with a Mission.

Source : The Observer

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