With Uweza Art Gallery and Kibera-based photographer Brian Otieno, we came up with this idea of organizing an event to promote the artistic talents and creativity of Kibera. Many of them have no way to show their artwork or even the cash to buy a camera or paints and brushes. Today was the opening of Kibera ArtFest with the exhibition of 40 Kibera-based artists. For many of them, it was the first time they could see their work printed in 16×20.
We gathered a professional jury to elect the best three photography and best three paintings. GoDown Arts Centre Executive Director Joy Mboya, AFP photographer Yasuyoshi Chiba, Reuters photographer Thomas Mukoya, glass artist Tonney Mugo and artist Longinos Nagila.
After deliberation, we elected for the photography:
1/ Through mud playground
2/ Sunday Morning
3/ The life Between
And for the paintings and installation
1/ Daily Kibera presents Slum Touring
2/ Police Brutality
3/ Graffiti 2
We had two TV and one radio Station who came to cover the event and lots of guests came to see the exhibition. Big success!