African Heroes and Heroines – Immersive Art Experience
Initiated by the Institut Français, the French agency for international cultural cooperation, Novembre Numérique or Digital November takes place across several countries to highlight myriad digital cultures.
The Alliance Française brings together two visual artists incorporating new technology in their works to give the viewers immersive art experiences.
Rich Allela is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker who loves telling stories that spark curiosity, inspire people and shift perspectives.
Rich incorporates augmented reality in his conceptual storytelling to bring alive the Kenyan heroine, Mekatilili, who led the Giriama people in a rebellion against the British, the Ethiopian Empress Candace who humiliated Alexander the Great and the mythical King Pino whose spear wielded super natural power.
Nelson Ijakaa is a multi-disciplinary artist who values the idea over the vehicle used to bring forth his messages. He started off painting in oil and acrylics before venturing into sculpture and installation, working with both 2 and 3 dimensions, as well as exploring printmaking.
In this exhibition, Nelson pays tribute to his everyday heroes, sometimes unseen, the casual workers that he and all of us encounter daily, grateful for a day’s work. Using his art to highlight issues of social justice, Nelson has integrated augmented reality in his work to provide an interactive experience enabling us to engage with these heroes.