Where Outer Space and the Hills of Africa Meet by Kalyn Kearney

Where Outer Space and the Hills of Africa Meet by Kalyn Kearney

This new form of art is called MaaSci, has taken the Nilotic people and shines a new light on the culture and representation of people of color. Jacque Njeri has taken up the journey of traveling deeper into the movement of Afrofuturism. Maasai is an indigenous tribe in East Africa. They have held onto their culture and customs for years while fighting against the government's advancement into a new era of civilization. Njeri’s digital collage of the Maasai people are draped in traditional clothes in outer space. With the lack of representation in Sci-Fi whether it be in film, art or literature Njeri has taken up the challenge to change that. 

 Photo from @fruit_junkie on Instagram 

Photo from @fruit_junkie on Instagram 

Jacque Njeri began her journey in the arts at a young age, ranging from graffiti, calligraphy and visual art. Earning a Bachelors of art in design at the University of Nairobi. When offered the opportunity to explore the different avenues of art in design, Njeri ended up majoring in visual communication design. Her artwork demands attention, intertwining science fiction and the rich culture that the people within the community hold. Bold colors, textures, beads, fabrics and the deep melanin complexions standout against the depths of space background, mixing reality and fiction which offering a fresh outlook on the people of Nilotic, opening their minds to what they imagined was impossible.  

 Photo from @fruit_junkie on Instagram 

Photo from @fruit_junkie on Instagram 

Njeri’s next move is a project called “The Mau Mau Dreams” which will depict Kenya if it was never colonized. “Most of the images we have are of them in a pitiful state, in captivity or of them arraigned in court” Njeri comments on the conditions in Kenya. With her art she believes it has the power to shift the mindset of the people and show them that opportunities are limitless. Showing that there are opportunities to expand the technology and room for the society to grow.

 Photo from @fruit_junkie on Instagram

Photo from @fruit_junkie on Instagram