Darajart is an art residency program for international artists in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, K enia.
Darajart is based in the rescue centres co-run by Amani, an NGO working with the street children of the slum.
Darajart was created thanks to a visionary idea by Cherimus’ cofunder Marco Colombaioni(1983-2011), who visited the place several times and lived there as a volunteer for some time. In the Swahili language, Daraja means ‘bridge’. In Marco’s mind, Darajart was a way of building bridges for unexpected encounters between the art world and the pulsating life of Kibera. His idea was to invite every year artists working with different media (music, writing, cinema and visual arts) to live and work in the largest slum of Sub-Saharan Africa.
In 2015, we decided to put together the first pilot edition of Darajart, with artists Derek di Fabio, Matteo Rubbi and Emiliana Sabiu. This first edition helped us come into contact with Kibera and understand its context better. The second edition of Darajart was called CIAK! Kibera, and it took place in 2017. We realized a video clip together with ex-street children , inviting the director Andrea Canepari, the writer Guido Bosticco and the musician Francesco Medda-Arrogalla. The third edition of Darajart is CARNIVAL! Nairobi, in which we invented a new Carnival in the street of Nairobi with the people who leave in it, during a two months residency. In Darajart spirit, we invited Ibrahim Neeme, writer from Beirut and Luca Garino, musician from Turin, as artists in residence.