STORY BEHIND ART360

The mind of a creative genius is a strange and wonderful thing. Not only have great artists created great work of art that have shaped culture and the human experience for centuries, they also have interesting insight as to why they do what they do. Most of them could say things in shapes and in colors that they couldn’t say it in any other way; these are the things that have no words to explain them better than art.

“What drove me into drawing was when I was in biology class, and my teacher noticed my drawing on curves. From that he created an art club and that’s how my journey started. Most of the time when I draw I focus on the social life, being that am born and raised in the slum. I have been attached to the social life, how people connect, how they do their activities and how we grow as a communities, I try to bring these special moments with figures into my pieces. Art is a skill and I believe it has an energy that can bring change to the community. I am an evidence on what art can do in someone’s life” says Faith Atieno.

“I have done different drawings on the wall and my favorite is the one I did on broken Kenya map while someone’s hand trying to fix it, the story behind it, is to show no matter what happens here in our country, will always find a way to fix it and as local citizens, we should not let other people take advantage of us, lets stand out and speak for ourselves, it is time to stop corruption and tribalism in our country. Drawing is just another way of keeping our diaries” says Faith Atieno.

Creativity takes courage because it enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

blog by : Evelyne Awuor.

About Steve Banner

I’m a Video Editor, Videographer, Photographer and Blogger with over ten years of experience covering stories for Kibera News Network in Kibera, Kangemi, Mukuru and Mathare slums in Nairobi, Kenya. I'm the main blogger for Voice Of Kibera blog writing stories from Kibera slums since 2013. Using my editing skills acquired at the Action-Aid Doctivist Media Training, I started my own entertainment publisher named VibeNo_8 that consists of a blog site (vibeno8.wordpress.com) and a YouTube Channel (VibeNo.8 TV) My passion is telling stories about community issues. In the past, I’ve done stories about incomplete government projects dealing with water and housing in Nairobi slums. My goal is to amplify the voice of my neighbors and fellow slum dwellers. My film-making skills also led-me to pursue disc jockey, where I graduated with Certificate in music structure and beat matching at the Rockers Entertainment Deejay Academy in 2015 My work has sharpened my skills in using different editing software namely Vegas Pro, Premier Pro, Final Cut Pro as well as photo editing tools such as Photoshop I have been part of the team doing Live broadcast for Kibera News Network using a camera and the OBS software I currently run all the social media sites for Kibera News Network as well as my personal project social media sites that include VibeNo_8 and Creatives 254 I'm an ambitious and hardworking person always giving my best and everything that I do
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