Tales of Africa



An exhibition of 15 photographs of renowned author Karen Blixen’s life in Kenya and a commentary on the objects as markers of colonial history. Captured a hundred years ago, the majority of the pictures were taken by Thomas Dinesen, the younger brother of Karen Blixen. The images serve as a visual insight into Blixen’s world-famous memoir of her years in Kenya, Out of Africa (1937), which provided for a mystical vision of Kenya with continuing effects today.

This ambiguous photographic collection offers intimate depictions of Karen Blixen’s daily life in Kenya through her brother’s eyes; at times bucolic, romantic and free-spirited, yet undoubtedly shaped by colonial power structures.

‘I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of Ngong Hills. (…) The geographical position and the height of the land combined to create a landscape that had not its like in all the world. (…) The views were immensely wide. Everything that you saw made for greatness and freedom, and unequalled mobility. (…) In the highlands you woke up in the morning and thought: Here I am, where I ought to be.’

Karen Blixen, Out of Africa


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