Archive for January, 2013

face of the king

face-of-the-king-duka-mafiaI never cease to be inspired by the ingenuity, creativity and occasional surrealism of Tanzania’s dukas. This from Utende, Mafia Island.

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call for writers

sea-writersFollowing on from ‘Street Level’,  ‘Sea Level’ is a new body of work portraying the architectural and cultural heritage of coastal Tanzania.

The artwork will focus on the architecture of key historic coastal towns of Tanga, Pangani, Bagamoyo, Zanzibar Stone Town, Kilwa, Lindi and Mikindani as well as the typical styles, environment and livelihoods of the Swahili coast.

It is envisioned that the body of work will evolve into the creation of a book. As such, writers are invited to submit short creative pieces for consideration – maximum 850 words each.

Not wanting to constrict creativity, the brief is broad – writing can be prose or poetry and inspired by any aspect of life on the Tanzanian coast – past and present. Initial deadline for submissions is March 31st 2013.

For more information please email sarahindar@gmail.com.

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sea level

bagamoyo-customs-houseA new project for the new year! Sea Level – documenting and celebrating the cultural and architectural heritage of the Tanzanian coast. More info coming soon, but first this image of the Old Customs House in Bagamoyo – built in the German period between 1889 and 1895. To this day the site remains a busy spot for dhows and trucks transporting goods to and from the mainland to Zanzibar and beyond.

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and then there were three

kisutuThis lovely 1937 creation – one of a series of four similar buildings on Mosque Street was demolished in the last few weeks…. (but there will be some good news for the new year coming soon, honest!)

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