2013 - Ongoing
Nairobi Area, Kenya
“Beauty In Hell” is a personal photographic project started 3 years ago. The project objective is to find and document the beauty present in some of the most difficult, poverty stricken and dangerous realities around the world. Here two of the largest slums in the world: Mathare and Kibera, Nairobi.
“Beauty In Hell: Beauty over Drama” is a critical and personal artistic response to an increased awareness of living in a system that uses drama everywhere. I believe we are now unconsciously accustomed to consider an event interesting and noteworthy only if it contains some form of strong contrast, therefore if it is dramatic. Without drama there is no news and everything becomes boring, dull and not worth of our time. In simple terms we tend to use drama to make sensationalism.
But Drama is just one part of the story… if drama becomes the only thing mainstream media covers and the only thing we hold up, what can we expect to grow from it?
With “Beauty In Hell” I am trying to express, through artistic sensibility and not sensationalism, exactly the opposite and show that also within these extremely hard situations beauty is always present… that the beauty inside the human spirit is present everywhere, even in places that might be described as real life circles of Dante’s Inferno.
Yes, the main objective remains that of informing the public and bringing awareness of the desperate conditions, of the extremely poor level of life and of the nearly complete absence of human dignity, but I would like to do this in a slightly different way… by also showing the beauty inside these situations and not just the drama.