Maji: From Kilifi With Love
Intro

A short film of my grandmother Nyanya Elizabeth Sidi Kazungu’s first swim in the ocean. The silhouette; her granddaughter, taken at dawn, represents Nyanya’s younger self. There’s a video playing within her, in the position of a womb; a memory of Nyanya’s first swim in the ocean recorded by her granddaughter-in-law. The audio in the background is Nyanya narrating her experience. This arrangement symbolises a rebirth, a baptism. A Matriarch reborn through the ocean.

Maji is Swahili for Water. Majini means ‘in the water’ and is also plural for Jin; a paranormal, spiritual phenomenon recurring in narratives and folk tales associated with the communities inhabiting the Kenyan Coast.

Vast and mysterious, the ocean has always been riddled with eerie tales. Where there is mystery, lies beauty.

This collection is a tasteful selection of photographs taken by Biko Wesa on his wanderings of the Kilifi Creek. The Creek, located a walking distance from his home; has served as a therapeutic getaway for him and many generations before and to come. Focusing on it’s beauty, Maji captures the spirit of the element that is water.

Creatively inspired by the timeless words of Fela Kuti: “Water no get enemy”. Biko manages to capture with his lens the dark, luring, healing and magical soul that the creek possesses and shares with every individual it encounters. In person or hanging from one’s wall, the images awaken feelings in one’s spirit that inevitably connects them with the water body and remind us as the human race that water is indeed life and death.”

Stevie Kafwihi