‘I think the community can benefit from what we’re doing. It didn’t feel like they cared about the art. They have nowhere to pee, they don’t know where food is coming from. That’s their problem’- Julia Neumann- Kibera Project’s Creative Director, Deutsch Agency.
Until this month, I had no idea of the beautiful art pieces that lay on the rooftops of the shanties at Kibera- the largest slum in Nairobi, the largest urban slum in Africa and which now forms the subject of the latest record of art theft in Africa.
The story of art in Kibera began in 2009 when a French artist, JR, undertook a project dubbed ‘Women are heroes’ in which he photographed the faces and eyes of women of Kibera, printed them on to vinyl- covered tarpaulins, making them water resistant and useful as a cover for the leaking roofs of Kibera. This art, for lack of a better word, is simply beautiful!