Living Kibera: March 17, 2011 - July 15, 2011 | FedEx Global Education Center
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 to 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: work, play, home, dream, and self, explores 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 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 craft their own soccer rag balls.
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.
LIVING KIBERA was co-sponsored by the African Studies Center, Center for Global Initiatives, Department of Women’s Studies, Department of Art, Curriculum in Global Studies and Carolina for Kibera.