Hi! My name is Valerie and I’m the Visual Arts Programmes Manager – Exhibitions and Member Development. I am a Fashion and Graphic Designer with a background in Economics and visual merchandising. Before Nafasi I worked as a freelance stylist, graphic designer and makeup artist, along with managing my own fashion label Kahvarah. I also have a background in digital media and enjoy creating online content with other local creatives. I am drawn to contemporary art, with a specific liking to narratives around the female experience. I joined Nafasi to be a part of the rise and diversification of Tanzanian artists and to help in whatever way, to share Tanzanian talent with the rest of Africa and beyond. My duties revolve around organizing exhibitions, overseeing the Artists in Residency program, organizing workshops and the development of the permanent Visual Artists who are at Nafasi.
Feel free to chat to me about any ideas (the crazier the better) you may have to benefit the Visual Arts Programme at Nafasi, including but not limited to:
- Art Exhibitions
- Art Residencies
- Visual Art purchases and rentals
- Chap Chap Workshops
- Film Screenings
- Visual Art collaborations