Dar Es Salaam

MERVKi Is an Experimental Workshop of Creative Ideas and a Fantasy world created by Tanzanian practitioners working in disciplines such as content creation and creative direction.
Their visual content aims to create conversation and is expressed through fashion, design and a focus on African fashion and culture. Their work issues from the art of Photography, Styling and philosophies of nurture, care, growth, development and self-love.
The collective started its journey in 2018 at Kijitonyama, Dar es Salaam. The group found themselves connected to a Greek word (MERAKi) which means to do something with Soul, Creativity and Love; To put pieces of yourself in your Work. They all came from different backgrounds which all lead to the same direction and an interest in African fashion, Visual Art, Music and Lifestyle. Their collections contain pieces that carry different stories and themes. They present wearable pieces together with evocative photographs and videos. They also work in collaboration with different fashion practitioners in the country and outside of the continent.


The Alliance Française is pleased to present “ARCHIVAL EXHIBITION”, a visual arts exhibition by the MERVKi collective.
Our aim is to use Creative acts and Express voices coming from the streets of Dar Es Salaam city, Tanzania. We do it with the state of Mind that encourages CHANGES in Fashion and contemporary Art.
We Lost one of our Co-founders and a Super talented Designer Mr. SADDAM KHALIFAN NGAIRO (VURDU) who passed away a Year after This creative world was created. After a short period of suffering with Malaria, he was announced dead on 21st March 2019.
Since his Death, we have kept celebrating his legacy and appreciating the direction he has pointed out under the Eye of Africa whose histories and stories need to be heard. We dedicate this Exhibition to Him and his beloved family.


Exhibition running until March, 10th 2023.

Opening hours of La Galerie in Alliance Française :
Monday to Thursday : 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 6pm

Friday and Saturday : 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm

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