Exploring The Best of Rwanda’s Art Scene

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Art enables us to find ourselves, and lose ourselves at the same time~Thomas Merton

Art, like beauty, lies a lot in the eyes of the beholder… You can’t reason it out, as it is often subject to one’s interpretation. It is one of the most beautiful expressions of man’s internal workings, to the world.

Before my visit to Inema Arts Centre, I had never been to an Art Gallery and if I have, it must have slipped my mind… It worked out that my first visit to an Art Gallery would happen in Rwanda. 🙂

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Keen to make the best of our limited time in Rwanda, Wanjiku Thuo and I settled on an impromptu expedition to Inema. The pictures we’d seen of Inema Arts Centre were inspiring and bold; it was a call we absolutely had to obey. 😀

When we got to Inema, I was giddy with excitement; sort of how I usually feel each time we are at a mesmerizing location. 😀 As you walk in, you are met with unique art pieces and a colourful building that betrays the creativity within. You know, without a doubt, that what awaits you inside, is nothing short of fascinating.

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We sought permission to take pictures, which turned out to be a wise decision on our part. Perhaps, it is that we recognized the blood and sweat behind Inema’s artistry, and we respected it…

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This led us to meet Innocent Nkuruzinza, a friendly, tall, dread-locked fellow, who happens to be one of the top artists in Rwanda. He immediately guessed that we were Kenyans, which was quite amusing. 😀

Innocent graciously informed us that they don’t always allow pictures at the Gallery. The reason being that many people are too busy taking selfies to appreciate the art (smart phone problems- Ha!). 😀 There have also been instances where pictures are used in forgery of unique pieces by art thieves- which is a pity.

My face fell to the floor-I could not imagine being unable to share  Inema’s charm with the world. Thankfully, Innocent gave us a go-ahead, having clarified our mission. 😀

 

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The centre was founded by Innocent Nkuruzinza and his brother Emmanuel Nkuranga. They are both great proponents of art in Rwanda. Their deep love for art led them to open a centre that could nurture artistic talent and creativity in the country.

They hold classes and workshops to train people with an interest in art, music and dance. More so, they have projects to create employment and support orphans in the community.

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With the license to shoot, we felt right at home among the contemporary pieces of art. I love the creativity in all their pieces.

I learned that art does not merely lie on canvass…. It can also be the inventive conversion of what would be considered as ‘useless’ items, into bespoke pieces of art.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY: WANJIKU THUO

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Whether or not you are a fan of traditional art, you will find something here that will captivate your interest.

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We also met Joseph Ntwali, a soft-spoken upcoming Artist. He was hospitable to us, explaining that Inema Arts Centre houses about 10 artists who live and work there.

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It was time well-spent, appreciating the creativity at Inema.

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Being a busy day for them, we did not have as much interaction with the artists as we’d have liked. I would love to go back someday, to learn more about the Arts’ centre from stories that the artist alone can tell. 🙂

You can easily tell that ingenuity is key among the artists. The pieces we saw were unconventional, inspiring and thought-provoking. It is clear that they are dreamers and visionaries. 🙂

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I am now more inspired to check out galleries back home, and wherever I travel….

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Are you a lover of art? Is there an Art Gallery near you that I can visit? Let’s hear it on the Comments’ Section below 😉 🙂

 

Every Child is an artist, the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up~Pablo Picasso

 

Tip: Visit Inema Arts Centre’s Website for more information on  their pieces and projects.

 

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  1. Inema Arts Centre
    Attraction in Gasabo Rwanda

    KG 563 St
    Gasabo Rwanda
    0783 187 646
    http://inemaartcenter.com/
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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Jain Dubai
    June 19, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    You have an exceptionally wonderful Talent for photography, loved it.
    Ever visited Middle east Or Dubai ? any Blog Page on Dubai?

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      June 20, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      Thanks Jain! I appreciate the comment and read! And thanks too for the compliment, I know my friend Wanjiku loves it too!

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        Wanjiku Thuo
        June 22, 2016 at 10:41 pm

        Thank you
        Much appreciated 🙂

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    Oliver
    June 18, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Hey, that is awesome ! You’ve made me start loving and appreciating art more. Its so deep. Great work.

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      June 20, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      Thank you Oliver! Great to hear you now have a deeper appreciation for art! Mission accomplished 😀 Haha Thanks for reading! 😀

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    patricia
    June 17, 2016 at 8:46 am

    I love and always admire art there is so much Talent in it, one thing that always amaze me is that behind every art work there is some message to be communicated Gosh i love their work creative indeed

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      June 17, 2016 at 8:55 am

      Thanks Pat for reading 😀 and I agree! 🙂 If only we could read into the mind of the artist, and understand his motivations…it’s amazing how each person will understand something different in perceiving pieces of art! It reminds me of music, and how sometimes lyrics leave me wondering what the artist was trying to convey. It’s a beautiful creative world for sure! 😀

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    nelius
    June 17, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Wow beautiful art Marion.

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    mitha
    June 16, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    This gallery is life. Art on another level.. Love love love

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      June 17, 2016 at 8:49 am

      I know right? This kind of art is like a person with arms wide open, accepting of all people, art lovers and others alike. Glad you love it! Thanks for reading dear 🙂

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    Carol
    June 16, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Am amazed by the work featured at Inema… sparked a longing to go explore for myself and see more of what they have to offer. THANK YOU for sharing this discovery with us…who would have known?

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      June 17, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Karibu sana Carol, it is my pleasure 🙂 Yes their work is captivating to say the least, and the creativity on a whole other level 🙂 I hope you will give in to that longing and visit 🙂 🙂

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    Beryl
    June 16, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    AAAAAARRRRRRTTTTTTTT beautiful. Can’t wait to get to Rwanda and experience it.

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      June 16, 2016 at 9:30 pm

      That’s the spirit Beryl!! And I can’t wait to hear all about your Rwandan experiences 😀 🙂 Thank you for reading 🙂

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    Nesh Kanja
    June 16, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    “Art is part of me and me is part of art”

    Nesh Kanja.

    Thanks for showing a gem of Rwanda and a must visit when I visit Rwanda again. You way of telling the story is magical and wish you the best while at it.

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      June 16, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Aw thank you! I just hugged you through the machine! Thanks for reading 🙂 Wow, I am certain you will enjoy this beautiful part of Rwanda 😀

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    Lornah
    June 16, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    I am already in love with the art, wow too beautiful!
    http://www.cherriesvineyard.com

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      June 16, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks Lornah! Yes their pieces are so beautiful! Glad you like them! 😀

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    Wanjiku Thuo
    June 16, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    It was such amazing art. The kind that you want to reach out and feel. The kind that calls to to get closer. Inema arts

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    DAVE
    June 16, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    wow! wow! This is quite interesting and indeed eye catching……..Uhmmmm such amazing creativity in art.And for the author,am lost of words coz your compilation has summarized the whole experience.

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      June 16, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you Dave!I certainly appreciate you taking the time to read and comment 🙂 🙂

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