We warmly welcome Grace Munene, aka Grammo Suspect, as the first resident at AR-Safe Haven Catalonia. Grace will continue her work as a musician, drawing attention to LGBTQI rights issues in her home country of Kenya and internationally.
In April 2015, Grammo Suspect released Our Love is Valid, the first song on her upcoming album Embrace Diversity, which will focus on themes affecting the LGBTQI community in Kenya, Africa and the whole world at large. As an openly gay musician, Grammo Suspect has faced discrimination and abuse from the police, gangs and the music community. Songs such as the single Our Love is Valid present a clear challenge to the conservative values of Grammo’s home country as she fights to give support to people who, like her, suffer for their sexuality.
Song: Our Love is Valid, Grammo Suspect, 2016
Grammo is an inspiration for others wishing to come out as gay in Kenya and elsewhere, as she continues to campaign publicly despite a ban from radio and continued harassment for her outward appearance and sexuality since 2005.
Grace Munene is an Artists at Risk (AR) Resident, hosted in cooperation with Konvent Puntzero at AR-Safe Haven Catalonia, as part of the Immigré Artists (IA) and Artists at Risk (AR)-Nordic Network. The AR-Network is curated by Perpetuum Mobile (PM) and is coordinated by the AR-Secretariat, co-funded by Kone Foundation. This residency is funded by Nordic Culture Point and NoCallarem.
Background image, video still from the Video Our Love is Valid, Grammo Suspect, 2016