Event: Precarious Prospects: Oil in Northern Kenya

Photo credit: Sven Torfinn 

Clerkenwell Gallery, London 

19/10/2017 - 17:00

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 to shopping centres, the image of a continent on the move is unmistakeable. But what does transformation look like in the rural margins, far away from Africa’s booming cities?

Precarious Prospects tells 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.

Please join us for an exhibition of photographs on oil and development in Kenya’s remote Turkana County. The event will include drinks and light refreshments.

The event is related to the project Large-scale resource development at the rural margins: assessing implications for governance, conflict and peacebuilding in Ivory Coast and Kenya, funded by the ESRC-DFID Joint Fund for Poverty Alleviation.

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Event: Precarious prospects: oil in Northern Kenya