After the exhibitions on China, Korea and India, the Triennale Design Museum continues its investigation with Made in Slums, the most unexpected areas of new international design. This time the focus is on a small business locality in the Mathare slum in Nairobi, an example of a community that has adapted in order to create its own functional and symbolic tools from the few materials that are available.
Mathare is located about 5 km from the centre of Nairobi in Kenya. With a population of around 500,000 inhabitants, it’s the second largest slum in Nairobi and certainly the one with the worst living conditions. It’s a former quarry covering an area of approximately 3 km by 1.5 km where residents have developed an informal but effective small scale economy which takes place mostly in precarious shop-houses.
The core of the exhibition is formed by the objects which are crafted by hand in Mathare such as like knives, rubber shoes, pots and carts for the selling of street food. The stories of these objects and their makers is told by photographers Francesco Giusti and Filippo Romano and through the videos of Silvia Orazi and Fabio Petronilli.