LIVING KIBERA: The Exploration of Work, Play, Home, Dream and Self in a Slum of Nairobi

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March 17, 2011 @ 8:00 am
July 15, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

LIVING KIBERA brings the community of Kibera, one of east Africa’s largest slums located on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, to Chapel Hill.  The art featured in LIVING KIBERA was created by Kenyans living in Kibera from 2005-2011, expressing the viewpoint of a wide-range of Kiberans, from teenagers to widows to a world-renowned graffiti artist. The interactive exhibit features art through a variety of mediums including photography, drawings, poetry, paintings, textiles, hand-made objects and video.  The themes include work, play, home, dream and self. They explore the complicated, joyful and challenging realities in Kibera through the eyes of people living there today.  The goal of the exhibit is to bring Kibera to life and open a dialogue around perceptions, misconceptions and realities of life in dense urban communities.

The opening reception on March 17 included many opportunities for adults and children to interact and immerse themselves in the culture of Kibera.  Attendees helped build a typical 10-foot by 10-foot Kiberan shack with recycled materials and crafted their own soccer rag balls.  Adults and children of all ages are encouraged to visit this exhibit as it is both educational and inspiring, speaking to a variety of audiences.

Carolina for Kibera (CFK) is an international, nongovernmental organization based in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. In the United States, CFK is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation and major affiliated entity and program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill based at the Center for Global Initiatives.

Part of Carolina for Kibera’s 10th Anniversary Celebration.

LIVING KIBERA is co-sponsored by the African Studies CenterCenter for Global InitiativesDepartment of Women’s Studies, Department of Art, Curriculum in Global Studies and Carolina for Kibera.

Video: Filmed and Edited by Jessey Dearing ’11
: Photography by Spencer Bakalar ’13
Exhibition Poster: Design by Ladye Jane Vickers

News Article: UNC News Services (March 2011)

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