Extract from Interviews: Liana

 

Interview with: Liana

Age: 5 years old

Gender: Female

Location: B-9 Police Station

Interviewer: Rachel Smith (Lead Psychologist)

 


 

(Click, click)

Liana, I’d like to talk to you about Nalia.

Oh, Nalia is my best friend! She buys me red sweets and lets me play hide and seek and when we are scared she takes me to our hiding tree.

Can you tell me where this special place…hiding tree is?

I normally don’t know.

When he comes, she takes me away and I never know where until she removes her hands and I see, then poof, just like that, she disappears.

Where does she disappear too Liana? Who is he?

The special tree smells like the woods when it rains and there is always a fire that illuminates. She has to go back to the cave so that he notices I’ve not gone away.

It may be a cave I don’t know but Nalia likes to sing about it when he…..

When he what’s Liana? It’s okay I won’t tell.

(Shuffles)

Curiosity killed the cat and those who pry will get the cut.

Liana, what does that mean? Nalia said the same thing…..

He wrote that on the wall

 (shuffles)

Who’s he? Do you mean Biko?

Is he the one you run away from?

(silence)

 

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Extracts from Interview: Nalia

Interview with: Nalia

Age: 16 years old

Gender: Female

Location: B-9 Police Station

Interviewer: Rachel Smith (Lead Psychologist)

 


 

(Click, Click, Click)

Where am I? Who are you?

Nalia? It’s me …

Why do you keep looking at me like that……

(shuffles)

Wait, what is this?

Nalia i’m going…

Is this blood?

WHAT IS THIS?

Nalia, I’m going to need you to calm down.

 (Click, Click, Click)

 (shuffles)

Hey relax, look at me.

Its Doctor Rachel, remember? Am a friend of your dad’s and I’ve been helping him with the department?

(silence)

I’m sorry we had to keep you in this room but it’s all for your protection and everything will be made clear in a moment.

(Shuffles)

I know you are confused but I am here to help you.

You are in B-9 police station and you were found unconscious outside Great Fruits Supermarket a few miles from the Chief residences. Do you remember how you got there?

(Silence)

Liana…

Liana?

(shuffles)

Why am I here?

I’ll answer all your questions I promise….

What is all this…. blood?

 …….but first I need you to try and remember what happened before we found you outside the supermarket.

I…..

He…..

(Shuffles)

I can’t help you if you don’t tell me anything Nalia.

(Shuffles)

Listen, Liana ….

(whispers) what have you done?

….told me that Biko was trying to help. Do you know who Biko is Nalia?

I remember now …..where i was.

I was at home with him, the chief.

What were you doing at home?

I….(shuffles)….I was finishing my homework.

You remember don’t you? How the chief always said that school work was important, how he said it low and cold. You remember don’t you miss ‘it’s the gateway to the white lands’?

Said?

Says, said, your language is foreign to me.

Nalia, tell me what happened after you finished your homework?

I …..

He….(shuffles)….

I don’t want to be here anymore. Now either tell me why I am here or let me go this instant.

He….the Ch…Chiief won’t be very happy about this, white woman.

Listen there is no need to be rude and your father….

(Shuffles)

Father (snickers)

Na…

Curiosity killed the cat you know.

You shouldn’t stick your nose into other people’s business.

(Shuffles)

Extracts From Interviews: Liana

Interview with: Liana

Age: 5 years old

Gender: Female

Location: B-9 Police Station

Interviewer: Rachel Smith (Lead Psychologist)


(click click)

Hello Liana. My name is Rachel, how are you?

(shuffles)

…..I’m scared.

I know you’re scared Liana and I’m so sorry about that but guess what…. I’m  here to protect you and I won’t let anything bad happen to you. Okay?

(silence)

Do you want to hear a secret?

(silence)

I’d rather be home too, the boys here all smell like dudu.

(giggles)

There we go, now I’m going to ask you a few questions and all you have to do is tell me anything you can remember.

(silence)

 Can you tell me how you got to the supermarket?

I’m not supposed to say….

They told me not to say.

Who’s they Liana?

(Silence)

Hey look, its okay, I promise no one is going to hurt you.

(Click)

Here have some Fanta, you told the officer you like Fanta, didn’t you?

Yes

Good.

Now Liana I need you to try and remember anything you can, okay?

Okay.

Who is they?

 (shuffles) Biko and…… Nalia.

What did Biko and Nalia tell you not to say?

(Silence)

It’s okay Liana, you can tell me anything, pinky promise.

We are friends, right?

Yeah I guess…

If you promise not to tell…

(shuffles)

 

Biko … He didn’t mean too. He was just trying to…..

(Silence)

Liana?

What was he trying to do……

Liana?

(Silence)

(Cuts Recording)

Part One

 

“So, he slipped my little dress off and I instantly knew….”

That was Maddy, my best friend. She was currently letting me in on her new conquest from the previous night, as my attention slowly shifted from the gorgeous dark-skinned beauty that was she, to the tall enigmatic man who stood next to the host of the event this evening.

He drew me in like my favorite red wine that lingered on my lips. He did not move, he did not smile in my direction. He simply spoke to the host but never left my soul.

“Dani! For heavens sake are you listening to me?”

I tore my eyes away from him and continued listening to Maddy.

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.

PROJECT COLLABORATORS:
PHOTOS, INTERVIEWS & VIDEOS BY
nekane (www.nkproductions.org)
HAND PRINTS BY
Alan Robertson (alan@2iliffeyard.co.uk)
TEXTS BY
Achieng Duro (achiengdro@gmail.com)
Carey Baraka (careybaraka@gmail.com)
Ivan Irakoze (ivan.irakoze@gmail.com)
Jonathan Fraser (jonfraser567@gmail.com)
Trizah Fay (trizahfay@gmail.com)
ILLUSTRATION OF TEXTS AND MAP BY
Beth Jarrold (info@bybeth.co.uk)
PHOTO FRAMES BY
Lola (loladeozamiz@gmail.com)
POSTER AND FACEBOOK PAGE BY
Aaron Anderson (aaron291094@gmail.com)
WEB SUPPORT BY
Leo Brown
AUDIOVISUAL SUPPORT BY
Bruno Cuartero
THANKS TO
Lola de Ozamiz
Matti Pohjonnen
Tom Nicholls
Fran Hales
Ruth Wedgewood
Alex Mara
EXHIBITION CURATED BY
nekane (www.nkproductions.org)

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*

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