Precarious prospects: oil in Northern Kenya - exhibition
Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre
In recent decades, global demand has transformed the prospects of many African states that are rich with natural resources – particularly oil and gas. From new motorways and railways to tiled villas and shopping centres catering for the growing middle classes, the image of a continent on the move is unmistakable. But what does transformation look like in the rural margins, far away from Africa’s booming cities?
This exhibition includes images which tell the story of changing lives and livelihoods in Lokichar, a small town in Turkana County, and surrounding villages that are at the centre of northern Kenya’s oil frontier. Featuring the work of acclaimed photographer Sven Torfinn and images from Turkana-based Evans Otieno, the exhibition captures changes in a locale whose fortunes have become inseparable from the highs and lows of the global resource economy.