Wednesday 2 June 2021
A conversation with Michelle Angwenyi on the photography, literature and memory and Karen Blixen’s legacy in Kenya.
The Karen Blixen photographic collection offers intimate depictions of Karen Blixen’s daily life in Kenya through her brother’s eyes; at times bucolic, romantic and free-spirited, yet undoubtedly shaped by colonial power structures.
Michelle K. Angwenyi is a writer from Nairobi, Kenya, whose writing attempts to explore time and memory. She was shortlisted for the 2018 Brunel Africa International Poetry Prize, and for the 2017 Short Story Day Africa Prize. Her work has appears in A Long House, Jalada, The Mays, 20.35 Anthology, and elsewhere, and she is the author of Gray Latitudes, selected for the New Generation African Poets Chapbook series (Akashic Books, 2020). Michelle is a Centre for Arts, Design and Social Research Fellow.
‘In writing about photography, I have been considering photos as not just representations of a time, place, or memory, but of aspirations that extend outside of those moments captured — aspirations that themselves are a kind of dreamscape.’