Themina Kader – Exploring four Decades of Art

by Lorna Likiza

At The Market

Themina Kader has an impressive résumé and it only keeps getting better. She holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in Art Education specially, Cultural Anthropology. As a result, Kader is best described as an Artist, Poet, Cultural Anthropologist and former Art Teacher. From 1971 to 1994, she was the Head of the Art Department at the Duke of York (currently, Lenana School) in Nairobi. Many of her former students have gone on to become Ar!sts, Architects, Lawyers and high powered professionals in their respective “elds.As an artist, Kader has exhibited widely in group shows and solo in Nairobi, the UK, US and Germany.

Themina Kader

At the moment, she has an ongoing online exhibiton of her art works spanning 40 years at the Alliance Française Mombasa website. The Mombasa born and raised arst will also exhibit physically at Alliance Française Mombasa startng the 12th of March all the way through to the inaugural editon of the Heroe Book Fair 2021 which starts on the 22nd of March un!l 26thof March.

On Internatonal Women’s Day 2021, she was a keynote speaker at the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) in Mombasa. But not only is Kader focused on art. She additonally has curated the Altered Book. This is an impressive collec!on of the daily accounts of Kenya’s most popular newspaper on the 2017 Kenyan General Election. Her idea with the Altered Book is to educate generations to come whoin 20 years will be old enough to vote. In 2018, Kader had the honor to display the completed manuscript in an exhibition at the Fort Jesus Verandah Gallery, generating posi!ve interest in the Altered Book in the process. The book contains an assortment of photographs and written words by various journalists complete with a collec!on of Kenyan coins over the years since independence.

The Altered Book will be available for sale during the Heroe Book Fair 2021 at the Culture Africastand. Culture Africa is one of the partners of the fair and a copy of Kader’s book retails at $27.36 (3,000KES). As one of the par!cipant writers during the fair, she will also give a literary talk centered on the book, My Jail Experience by Mahatma Gandhi on Tuesday, 23rd March 2021 from 12pm-1pm EAT.

The following gallery shows part of the art work, shown at Alliance Francaise:

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