Edition of 20
Lithograph on white Somerset 410gsm tub-sized satin paper hand finished with ink, watercolour, colour pencil and conté
Paper size: 34 13/16 x 28 3/4 in. (88.5 x 73 cm)
© Michael Armitage. Photo © White Cube (George Darrell)
Ewaso Niro (2016–17) is the first of a series of zinc plate lithographs by Michael Armitage. This edition is created to coincide with his exhibition ‘Strange Fruit’, a solo show at White Cube Hong Kong, 18 January – 11 March 2017.
Working in London and Nairobi, Armitage produces paintings that connect with art history, often adapting the strategies and compositions of historical paintings to unpack the cultural and social politics of contemporary East Africa.
Armitage gathers his images from a wide range of sources including news and social media, his own personal memories and drawings from life. The title Ewaso Niro references the river Ewaso Ng’iro in Kenya, and its wildlife features in the print.
In the ring of figures that encircle the base of the central tree, Armitage is depicting dancers of ‘Baikoko’, a dance performed by women only. Popularised in recent years through its appearance in Bongo Flava music videos, due to its sexually explicit nature the dancers have faced increasing restrictions by the Tanzanian government.
Each print is hand finished by the artist. Please note that images are examples only as each print is unique and colours vary.
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