Curating "Fikiria" - UK premiere exhibition of paintings from Kibera

I have a sister who lives in Kenya and, on a visit to see her in 2016, she suggested visiting the Uweza Art Gallery in Kibera, one of the poorest parts of Nairobi. I was surprised to find such a variety of vibrant and beautiful paintings produced in pretty challenging surroundings; the colours, detail and expressive nature of the art was clearly the work of some talented young people and as I talked with some of the artists present, my admiration only grew.

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Hannah Taylor
Interview with the Uweza Foundation’s Founder, Jen Sapitro

I first came to Kenya in 2006 for a six-week volunteer experience following the completion of my undergrad degree. I was placed at a children's home in Kibera. Although life in Kibera can be very difficult and residents face significant challenges, I was inspired by the innovation, creativity, resilience, and genuine desire by the people I interacted with to find solutions to make their lives better. The children and youth here have big goals and dreams but sometimes lack the opportunity or resources to really pursue them. I started Uweza, which is Kiswahili for ability, in 2008 in order to work alongside Kibera residents to empower the children and youth in the community to find a path to a better future through their own inherent talents and abilities.

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Hannah Taylor