Kenya indoors

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Kenya indoors

“Kenya indoors” Apiudieci gallery – Art workshop – Parma

As camels are called “ships of the desert”, women in Kenya are called “Meli ya Ardhi”: ships of the world.

Metaphorically and physically then, they are perceived as beasts of burden.
Nevertheless, they perceive themselves as strong, capable and responsible human beings, turning what could be seen as degrading perceptions into an uplifting one. They use this oppression to their advantage as far as possible, for they have been taught since birth to hold strongly to their inner freedom, which cannot be taken away.
“Kenya indoors” is an independent photographic journey started in 2009 on Wasini Island (Kenya). The project aims to explore the importance of women within the Kenyan society.
By unveiling a hidden reality the photographer invites the observer to embrace a culture which is too often considered as distant or misunderstood.
“During these years of investigation, I realized that the perception of “difference” is actually just a concept, a barrier created in our minds. After all, in spite of vast physical distances and significant cultural variances, we are all fundamentally alike. Humanity inexplicably links us all together”.
“These images are the result of a personal journey and they narrate the relationships established between myself and the persons of the local community, during my stay in Mkwiro village (Wasini Island – Kenya)”.
Taken within the intimacy of their households, these photographs unveil just a fragment of the hidden lives of these women.
“By sharing my work I aim to stimulate interest towards apparently unfamiliar situations which are too often perceived as intimidating but are, in fact, much more similar to our own culture than what we think”.
Other than raising the observer’s awareness, this project aims to donate part of the proceeds coming from the sales of the images to Kenyan students, in order to grant them a continuous educations process; and to single mothers in order to assist them in the management of a business that would allow them to support their children without incurring into degrading options.
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