Culture and Identity in Nairobi, a Postmodern Global City

TUKO MOJA

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 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.

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE VISUAL DOCUMENTATION OF THE EXHIBITION AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE OPENING NIGHT

 

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