Peace and unity through photography — that’s the idea that the I am Kenyan project aims to promote. Their goal is to avoid similar incidents as those that hit Kenya during the 2007 presidential elections, when uncertain election results spurred tribal clashes across the country. As 2013 sees a new presidential election there are some concerns that post election violence might occur again.
I am Kenyan is a global project, but it has its roots in Kenya, and it uses photography to show Kenyan pride, peace and unity. Anyone of any nationality is welcome to participate in the project. Just take a photo of yourself in front of a plain background with the words “I AM KENYAN” written visibly in the language of your choice. When all photos are collected, they will be transformed into black and white posters that will be distributed throughout Kenya. There will also be regular concerts and public displays of the photographs during 2012/2013.
The project’s goal is to create solidarity and show our identity as citizens of the world, through our uniqueness, in front of the camera. If this message can spread through Kenya, then it can be possible to prevent the occurrences of 2007 from repeating. You can like their Facebook page to help spread the message.
All photos are of consenting project participants and taken from I AM KENYAN’s website and Facebook page.