Through factual and fictional, intimate multimedia portrayals of a cross-section of Nairobi dwellers, this collaborative project aims to engage the visitor into questioning the similarities and differences between people in postmodern, capitalist, urban environments on a global scale.
Challenge your stereotypes and preconceived ideas of the “other” by letting Nairobians introduce themselves and life in their city through audio interviews, large format portraits, fictional texts and video stories.
Entering emotional, intimate landscapes mixing the personal with stereotypes, real life experiences told by those who lived them with fictional texts and stories, you will experience a slice of life in this modern African city.
Submerge yourself into a bubble of someone’s life in this city through listening to each person speaking about subjects as wide ranging as culture, religion, film, drumming, development, storytelling, city and rural life, philosophy, where home is, personal ideas of what “abroad” is like, Kenya: its landscape and characters, Nairobi: its opportunities and divides, traffic, names and tribes, living in a slum, traditional coastal music, homosexuality, living in different countries, Swahili, hopes, dreams, and more.
Read fictional and factual pieces on aspects of the everyday of life in Nairobi by young local writers.
Experience walking home from work along the streets of the eastern part of the city as written by a Kenyan literature student.
Watch people of all ages telling stories of their choice (factual and fictional) straight to camera in a stories’ booth.
Listen to a local man explaining (in mixed Swahili and English) the process of Changaa making, sitting at nighttime by the river in the Mathare slum where people make the popular liquor.
PHOTOS, INTERVIEWS & VIDEOS BY
HAND PRINTS BY
Alan Robertson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Achieng Duro (email@example.com)
Carey Baraka (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ivan Irakoze (email@example.com)
Jonathan Fraser (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Trizah Fay (email@example.com)
ILLUSTRATION OF TEXTS AND MAP BY
Beth Jarrold (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PHOTO FRAMES BY
POSTER AND FACEBOOK PAGE BY
Aaron Anderson (email@example.com)
WEB SUPPORT BY
AUDIOVISUAL SUPPORT BY
Lola de Ozamiz
EXHIBITION CURATED BY
ALL EXHIBITED PIECES ARE FOR SALE AND ANY PROFIT GENERATED FROM THEIR SALES WILL GO TOWARDS FUNDING E-READING SPACES IN NAIROBI.
A PILOT PROJECT UNDER THE NAME OF “CYBER SOMA” IS BEING DEVELOPED TO BE SET UP IN UMOJA, AN AREA PREDOMINANTLY INHABITED BY STUDENTS AND WITH LIMITED TO NON-EXISTENT INTERNET ACCESS.
*I had so much fun working with Nekane and being a part of the show! Shukran*