MITOCHONDRIA GALLERY

“The Possibilities of Becoming”
Opening : 7 pm to 9:00 pm. Saturday. September 23rd. 

Public Viewing: September 23rd to  October 21st  2023 

Address: 2220 Commerce Street #D, Houston, TX 77002

Mitochondria Gallery is pleased to present “The Possibilities of Becoming,” the second solo exhibition by Kenyan visual artist Nedia Were (b. 1989) at Mitochondria Gallery, in Houston Texas.

This body of work presented is centered around some of his observations on the intersection of class and masculinity, from the vantage point of the unequal distribution of odds in life. Nedia is focused on the hierarchical structure and disparities of power that have persisted over time. He examines the perceived distinctions of class relationships in his society, and the efforts to elevate, or sustain hierarchy in social class. 

Nedia is exploring a more expressive application of oil paint to depict his subjects, it is a new series that builds on his previous “Mumwamu series,” as the richness in the skin tone of his subjects is still present. Nedia Were implements dress code as an anchor to convey the social status of the male subjects presented. There is a recurring theme of leadership and mortality across this exhibition. Nedia focuses on three stages of masculinity that capture the subjects presented. The first stage revolves around self-betterment, attaining and implementing skills that can potentially elevate one’s status in society. The second stage begins when the individual is in a position of elevated societal status and influence. The third stage is the battle and acceptance of mortality.

EXHIBITED WORKS

The General. Oil on Canvas. 40 x 52 in. 2023
Wakilli. Oil on Canvas. 40 x 52 in. 2023

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About Nedia Were

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Nedia Were is a self-taught contemporary visual artist, who was born and raised in Kenya, he currently resides in Nairobi. His initial passion for art was cultivated during his childhood, where he started drawing characters he observed in cartoons, comic books, and newspapers. As a teenager Nedia continued to pursue art as a Sign writer, where he developed his own style of Sign writing.

 A major inspiration in Nedia’s style of painting was influenced by his grandfather’s love of reading newspapers. Nedia was intrigued by reading the events and topics covered in these papers, he found a deep connection with the events reported in the news. Nedia continuously felt an urge to be part of the solution for social and environmental issues and provide additional outlets as a voice for the disenfranchised in society. In reaction to these feelings, Nedia decided to create art that promotes internal and external dialogue on societal shortcomings.

Nedia has participated in over 30 exhibitions. Since his successful debut of the “Mumwamu” series at Mitochondria Gallery as part of the Duo exhibition “The Line between” in the fall of 2021, Nedia has continued to receive major excitement around his work. He was named the second most followed emerging artist on Artsy in 2022. He is set to make his debut Biennale as part of the XIV Florence Biennale in October 2023. Nedia’s work is part of the permanent collection at the New Museum, Berlin. His works can be found in private and public collections in Africa, Asia, North America, and Europe.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
• 2023. The Possibilities of becoming. Mitochondria Gallery. Houston, TX.
• 2022. Fragments of Perceptions. Mitochondria Gallery. Houston, TX.
• 2022. My World/My View. Ross-Sutton Gallery. London, England.

BIENNALE
2023. XIV Florence Biennale. Florence. Italy

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS
2022. 4000 years of African Art. Wall House Museum. Saint Barthelemy.
2019. Essence of time. Jimmy Kitheka and Nedia Were, Nairobi National Museums of Kenya.

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023. When the Sun Stands Still, Mitochondria Gallery, Houston, TX
2023. Crazy Little Thing Called Love. Eclectica. South Africa.
2023. Miart Fair. Eclectica. Italy.
2022. AKAA Paris Fair. Eclectica Contemporary. Paris. France.
2022 FNB Joburg 2021. Eclectica Contemporary. South Africa.
2022. Fragments of Perceptions. Mitochondria Gallery. Houston, TX.
2022. Sotheby’s. CCA Lagos Benefit Auction.
2021. FNB Joburg 2021. Eclectica Contemporary.
2021. Black Excellence. Ross-Sutton Gallery. Miami, Florida.
2021. The Line Between. Mitochondria Gallery. Houston. TX.
2021. Manjano Art Competition, Alliance Francaese.
2021. Group Exhibition Little Art Gallery, Nairobi Kenya.
2020. Group Exhibition Little Art Gallery, Nairobi Kenya.
2020. Manjano Art Competition, Village Market.
2020. Bookbunk Art Auction, Nairobi Kenya.
2019. Group Exhibition at international schools of Kenya (ISK).
2019. Affordable Art Show, Nairobi National Museums of Kenya.
2019. Group Exhibition, Karen Country Club.
2019. (Essence of time) Jimmy Kitheka and Nedia Were, Nairobi National Museums of Kenya.
2019. Group Exhibition Arusha Cultural Heritage Arusha Tanzani.
2018. Mentorship Art Program Dust Depo by Partrick Mukabi.
2018. Safaricom Art Competition,Nairobi Kenya.
2018. Group Exhibition at Mckinsey Mtaani Exhibition.
2018. Group Exhibition at international schools of Kenya(ISK).
2018. Affordable Art Show, Nairobi National Museums of Kenya.
2017. Manjano Art competition, Village Market.
2017. Kenya Art Fair Sarit Centre.
2017. Group Exhibition, Karen Country club.
2017. Affordable Art Show, Nairobi National Museums of Kenya.
2016. Affordable Art Show, Nairobi National Museums of Kenya.
2016. Group Exhibition, Karen Country club.
2015. Group Exhibition, Karen Country club.

** Editors Note: The Possibilities of Becoming. Nedia Were. Mitochondria Gallery. 2023