Ballerina in Kibera: Photo series juxtaposes foreign aid with slum dwellers

For his Ballerina in Kibera series, Kenya-based photographer Joe Kiragu collaborated with Ammy Shelton, an ex ballerina who was formerly based in Nairobi. The visual absurdity of a ballerina prancing about in the East African slum is his way of teasing out the disparity of foreigners who come to Kenya to offer aid, and the less privileged Kenyans they try to help.

As he told UP Nairobi: ‘If in 30 years, the slums haven’t changed with all the help and international aid coming in; that tells you that they become princesses as soon as they enter the slum areas or there’s need for us to think and start doing things differently.’ It’s certainly something to think about.

Via UP Nairobi

Ballerina in Kibera Slums
Ballerina in Kibera Slums
Ballerina in Kibera Slums

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