The TO REVOLUTIONARY TYPE LOVE project is inspired by love.
It is a toast to revolutionary love. It is essentially an act of love and celebrates love through the spectrum of the LGBTQIA+.
Kawira Mwirichia is the brainchild behind #TRTL. This project will uniquely illustrate rainbow love on kangas* using symbols unique to the triumphs of the queer movement in each country. In addition, love quotes collected from the Kenyan queer community will be appropriately matched to each country’s khanga.
*These symbols and words of rainbow love will be creatively designed on a "kanga/khanga," an East African traditional cotton cloth decoratively printed in bold designs with a Swahili saying or message included. The khanga is often shared with others as a gift or used in celebratory events such as weddings to honour the couple, guests or the occasion.
On May 17th 2017 as the world celebrated IDAHOBIT, this project mirrored the gesture of honouring queer love on the Opening Night of its exhibit at the Goethe Institut in Nairobi, Kenya. Kawira presented the designed khangas for a number of Nations, hoping to inspire and instill a sense of self-love, pride and well-being in our queer community here in Kenya as it reaches out to the world. Kawira also invited six photographers to share their interpretation of love in the lives of our diverse Kenyan spectrum of the LGBTQIA. Imagine, instances of love captured on film. Love seen, acknowledged and celebrated, a rare moment for many around the world. All this could not have been possible without the partnership of AFRA-Kenya, and support from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, The Heinrich Boll Stiftung East & Horn of Africa, and The Goethe Institut Nairobi.
In June, 2020 Kawira will once again come together with various artists to celebrate the Queer community here in Nairobi and our rich history of revolutionary love around the world. Would you like to stay in touch with us and see what we're up to? Then be sure to follow us on our social media sites (links below and to your right) :)