Nairobi - Face to Face
In 2011, I worked in Kenya, focusing on the streets of two neighbourhoods in Nairobi: Kibera, one of the biggest slums in Africa, and Umoja.

I am particularly interested in the profound cultural and identity changes that occur in our contemporary world and I set out to investigate the roots of social structural issues that countries like Kenya are now facing and how this is influenced by its economic system.
I have always been interested in the relationship between urban and suburban spaces and the individual.

“Nairobi: face to face” is a documentary work based on candid shots of individuals related to their environment.
Kibera counts between half a million to a million people overpopulating the slum, from the Nubians, the Kikuyu or Luo tribes.

They live in precarious conditions, defined by a digit: “live on less than a dollar a day”. There is little sign of sanitation or infrastructure. In the streets, there are mountains of garbage where children play after school.

Through my work I depicted the metal landscape of makeshift shacks, where day workers, tailors, carpenters, hairdressers, butchers live their busy life, but I also captured the hope, peace and solidarity: bustling schools , football teams and music at all hours in the slum.

I wanted to show all those intimate moments that are part of the everyday life and which reveal the bond that exists between a person and their life in the slums. Places which are at the same time somber, moving, joyful and interesting.
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