Living Kibera: From Kenya to Carolina

Mar. 21, 2011 1:37 am

Living Kibera, an exhibit featuring interactive art from artists living in a slum on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, opened Thursday in the FedEx Global Education Center at UNC-Chapel Hill.

The exhibit features photography, drawings, paintings, video and a small shack built by viewers of the exhibit.

Carolina for Kibera, a nonprofit organization that addresses poverty and fights gender and ethnic violence in Africa, was one of the co-sponsors of the exhibit.

“My goal is to just bring the community — the daily life of people in Kibera — back to the campus and have people see that it is a place full of poverty, but it’s also full of life,” said Maggie McDowell, a fellow for Carolina for Kibera and the exhibit’s curator.

The exhibit will be on display through July 15.

Jessey Dearing, a senior from Wilmington, N.C., is a multimedia journalist for the Reese Felts Digital News Project.