INDIE CITIES – Nairobi – Dickson Kaloki (Art)

Dickson Kaloki is a creative powerhouse, dabbling in fashion design, film, music, and sculpture. Raised in the Mukuru Kayaba slum in Nairobi, Dickson was forced into creativity from a very young age and reflects on making his own toys. “I fell in love with the slums from as far back as I can remember”.


Painting the slums was an escape for him. It was artistic expression without thought for commercial value but it has turned into a professional career. Painting the slums combines his history and upbringing with a fascination about the uncertain future of the slums. “In 50 years, the slums will be no more.” Kaloki says. His paintings document this moment in Nairobi’s history. In this episode of INDIE CITIES, we travel to the Mukuru slum, where Dickson grew up, and see him sketch out the plans for his latest artwork. We then visit his current art studio at the Kuona Trust and see his unique creation process.


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INDIE CITIES – Nairobi – Dickson Kaloki (Art)

Hand Crafted by:  STAY GOLD STUDIOS

Producer/Director: Pete Williams

Cinematographer: Charlie Jones

Sound/Photographer: Adrian Klaassen

2nd Camera: Pete Williams

Researcher: Jak Norwood

Animator: Ron Santiago

Editor: Jamie Weddell

INDIE CITIES is short film series celebrating independent stores and craftspeople around the world. Indie Cities is a new multi-platform series documenting the independence revolution sweeping Europe. The show delivers personal portraits of unconventional trendsetters from the worlds of art, music, food & fashion, living in Europe’s most progressive cities. Viewers are taken on a journey through each city’s subculture, visiting independent fashion labels, listening to independent music, making their own street food, micro-brew or street art. Indie Cities celebrates the unique cultural aspects of each city and highlights the passion, craftsmanship and an uncompromising love of life that ties people in each city together.

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