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Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

Who is the City
Meetings with Nairobi and Stockholm

14 November 2013 - 16 February 2014

All growing cities in the world are struggling with similar challenges. Nairobi and Stockholm have more in common than you think.

Both cities are wrestling with issues of sustainability, social inclusion and economic segregation – how can the city grow and at the same time be sustainable, safe and attractive for all? How to combat social, ethnic and economic segregation is a highly relevant issue for both Nairobi and Stockholm. Are we all parts of the same city? Who is the city? For you?

The Who is the City? exhibition provides a perspective on the role of culture as a driver of urban and social development. Here we encounter stories, thoughts and impressions from Nairobi and Stockholm. Questions of identity, participation and a socially cohesive city are highlighted through artistic processes.

This is a multidisciplinary exhibition, and those involved are student architects from KTH, choreographer Björn Säfsten with dancers, artist Cyrus Kabiru, designer Samir Alj Fält with Design Lab S, video artist and film maker Erik Rosshagen, photographer Magnus Rosshagen with his students from the Media Upper Secondary School in Nacka, artist Saadia Hussain from Förorten i Centrum, culture critic and author Ingela Lind, photo and video artist James Muriuki, performance artist Miriam Syowia Kyambi, film maker Teddy Goitom from Stocktown and architects Ulrika Stenkula and Victoria Walldin from White arkitekter, illustrator Vanja Larberg, writer Per Wirtén, art historian Lydia W. Muthuma and actor Robert Fuchs.

Who is the City? features several different activities such as exhibitions, programmes, workshops and hybrids. The project was initiated in 2011 and is a partnership between the GoDown Arts Center in Nairobi, the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design and the Mimeta organisation, and it is supported by the Swedish Postcode Lottery’s Culture Foundation. During the summer the urban festival Nai Ni Who took place in Nairobi (www.nainiwho.com). In 2013/2014 the project moves on to Stockholm in the form of the performative exhibition Who is the City? at ArkDes.

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Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

Photo: Matti Östling / ArkDes

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Both cities are wrestling with issues of sustainability, social inclusion and economic segregation – how can the city grow and at the same time be sustainable, safe and attractive for all? How to combat social, ethnic and economic segregation is a highly relevant issue for both Nairobi and Stockholm. Are we all parts of the same city? Who is the city? For you?

The Who is the City? exhibition provides a perspective on the role of culture as a driver of urban and social development. Here we encounter stories, thoughts and impressions from Nairobi and Stockholm. Questions of identity, participation and a socially cohesive city are highlighted through artistic processes.

This is a multidisciplinary exhibition, and those involved are student architects from KTH, choreographer Björn Säfsten with dancers, artist Cyrus Kabiru, designer Samir Alj Fält with Design Lab S, video artist and film maker Erik Rosshagen, photographer Magnus Rosshagen with his students from the Media Upper Secondary School in Nacka, artist Saadia Hussain from Förorten i Centrum, culture critic and author Ingela Lind, photo and video artist James Muriuki, performance artist Miriam Syowia Kyambi, film maker Teddy Goitom from Stocktown and architects Ulrika Stenkula and Victoria Walldin from White arkitekter, illustrator Vanja Larberg, writer Per Wirtén, art historian Lydia W. Muthuma and actor Robert Fuchs.

Who is the City? features several different activities such as exhibitions, programmes, workshops and hybrids. The project was initiated in 2011 and is a partnership between the GoDown Arts Center in Nairobi, the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design and the Mimeta organisation, and it is supported by the Swedish Postcode Lottery’s Culture Foundation. During the summer the urban festival Nai Ni Who took place in Nairobi (www.nainiwho.com). In 2013/2014 the project moves on to Stockholm in the form of the performative exhibition Who is the City? at ArkDes.