The Nest Collective

About the Collective

The Nest Collective team profiles and overview.

The Nest Collective is a multidisciplinary arts collective living and working in Nairobi—

The Nest Collective is a multidisciplinary arts collective living and working in Nairobi. Founded in 2012, the Nest Collective has created works in film, music, fashion, visual arts and literature such as the critically-acclaimed queer anthology film Stories of Our Lives, which has so far screened in over 80 countries and won numerous awards, and Tuko Macho—a groundbreaking interactive crime web series widely considered to be one of the best African TV series. The Nest Collective also founded HEVA—Africa’s first creative business fund of its kind—to strengthen the livelihoods of East Africa’s creative entrepreneurs.

The Nest Collective uses an applied-research holistic methodology to create cultural bodies of work with film, fashion, literature and other media. These interventions are designed to engage audiences using multiple points of entry and reflection, thus enabling nuanced consideration, discussion and debate of the issues raised, while also advancing aesthetic and artistic value. The Nest’s work usually finds multiple platforms, spaces and audiences, including academia, other cultural practitioners, civil society, young people in urban spaces, and through numerous forms of media.

The Nest’s work—being born in Nairobi—makes strongest reference to African urban and contemporary experiences, establishing this as our primary datum for inquiry on our histories and reflections about possible futures. While our work often responds to and is aware of interconnected issues at a global scale, we primarily address Kenyan young men and women, and are excited when the work speaks to other audiences.

We've been very lucky, and we've won some cool awards, traveled the world, met and collaborated with the most amazing people:


Berlinale Teddy Awards, Jury Prize
Berlinale Panorama Audience Award, 2nd Place
Best of Africa and the Africa Diaspora Award, Rapid Lion - The South African International Film Festival
Best International Feature, Baltimore International Black Film Festival
Best Film in the Volunteer of the Year Award, Frameline Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
Programming Award for Artistic Freedom, Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival
Honourable Mention for First Feature Jury Award, Frameline San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Feature Film, Film Africa Festival
Audience Award, GAZE International LGBT Film Festival
Audience Award, Best International Feature Film, MixBrazil
Best Original Music, Berlin International Fashion Film Festival
Honorable Mention, Best Narrative Feature, TLV Fest

Selected Screenings

Toronto International Film Festival (2016)
Berlin International Fashion Film Festival (2015)
MoMA Documentary Fortnight Festival (2015)
65th Berlin International Film Festival (2015)
BFI: Flare (2015)
Toronto International Film Festival (2014)
Bokeh International Fashion Film Festival (2014)

Selected Exhibitions

Beautiful New Worlds: Virtual Realities in Contemporary Art, Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen, Germany (2017 - 2018)
Making Africa, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, US (2017 - 2018)
Here Forward, Matter Gallery, Toronto, Canada (2017
Making Africa, Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands (2016 - 2017)
Fashion Film in Africa, Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain (2016)
Black Fantasia, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark (2016)
East Africa Focus: The Nest Collective, FNB Joburg Art Fair, South Africa (2016)
Making Africa, CCCB Barcelona, Spain (2016)
Fashion Cities Africa, Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton, UK (2016)
Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany (2015)
Africa is Now, Design Indaba 2015, Cape Town, South Africa (2015)