The Nest Collective
32 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
General admission $11, Students & Seniors $9
The Nest Collective’s We Need Prayers: This One Went to Market is a sly take on trendy interpretations and suspect inventions of African arts movements. Part of the Somewhere in Nairobi series, this newly commissioned short film troubles how such approaches tend to and are made to “perform” a problematic notion of authentic African-ness. It questions the ways the global art industry frames African art, transposing the supply-and-demand economics of capitalist expansion within the creative context.
A survey of The Nest Collective’s short films is also screened at Anthology Film Archives, including:
We Need Prayers: These Ones Stayed at Home (2017)
A couple debates whether or not to help their next door neighbors who are being robbed. This film is a light take on the complex moralities of Nairobi citizens (infamously referred to as Nairobbery) to navigate a city that can sometimes be vicious.
When We Are/When We Are Not (2016)
Four unsettled sojourners seek a freedom beyond the frame. In solitude or gathered together, the demeanor of the four belies a definite, dignified discontent, and their simmering intentions remain unshared and unexplored.
To Catch a Dream (2015)
The Nest Collective and Chico Leco’s second collaborative fashion project, featuring the works of eight local designers in a short fashion film starring Kenyan modeling icon Ajuma Nasenyana.
Dinka Translation (2013)
Three women play the waiting game in this moody short fashion film created to accompany the release of fashion designer Katungulu Mwendwa’s pre-fall 2013 ‘Dinka Translation’ collection, and one of eight films created for Chico Leco Presents— the first collaboration between Chico Leco and The Nest Collective.
Image credit: Courtesy of the artists