Michael Armitage

Nasema Nawe

About this artwork

Nasema Nawe draws upon Paul Gauguin's (1848-1903) Vision of the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel) 1888, one of the most popular works in our collection. Just as Gauguin's picture concerns the revelation of semi-illicit religious activity, Armitage has depicted a similar communal ritual; the controversial and highly sexualised Baikoko dance which originated on the coast of Tanzania. Performed only by women, it has been popularised in recent years through its appearance in Bongo Flava music videos but, due to its sexually explicit nature, the dancers have faced increasing restrictions by the Tanzanian government.

Michael Armitage

Michael Armitage

Michael Armitage lives and works between London and Nairobi. He received his Undergraduate Degree in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art, London (2003-2007) and has a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Academy Schools, London (2007-2010). His paintings weave together stories drawn from a range of sources, including past and current news media, internet gossip and recollections of his time spent living in Kenya.