Korogocho: Photography, Painting, & Mixed Media Work by Jim Stratakos
On exhibition 1 September – 6 December 2013
Gallery Talk & Artist Reception to be held Tuesday, October 29 at 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Rock Hill, SC – Award winning photo-journalist Jim Stratakos offers an intimate look at Korogocho, a massive slum in Nairobi, Kenya. A Swahili word for ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’, Korogocho is home to thousands of orphans of AIDs-afflicted parents. Stratakos traveled to Korogocho in 2006 and 2011 to document the work of the Kenya Orphanage Project and to assist raising money to establish a children’s center. The crux of the exhibition includes forty-eight photographs taken by Stratakos while escorted by armed guards within the dangerous, barbed-wire compound that has no running water and is spilling over with abject poverty. In conjunction with the photographic narrative of the exhibition are several large abstract and mixed media paintings. The paintings evoke a sense of the artist’s anguish in digesting humanity’s shortcomings and the perceptible sadness captured by his camera. The mixed media component of Stratakos’ work echoes the tactile, physical realm of the slum with its haphazard shelters constructed from found scrap metal and indigenous materials. Stratakos uses his artistic skills in the hope of increasing awareness of the plight of poverty and a call for social change.
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