Creating from scrap is second nature to Katanga children, they see opportunity for playing and creating in the strangest of places. Out of the need to honor the creativity of Katanga’s children, I document the children’s daily life as they occupy this contested space. During the recent forceful eviction by the government many katanga residents lost property as their makeshift houses were demolished.
When it rains in the Katanga slum, thousands of abandoned bottles are washed down the valley’s poor drainage. Arthur C Kisitu, a creator and visual artist took interest in up cycling the glass bottles. His desire is to minimise the environmental damage on this former wetland, putting the glass bottles to good use.
At his self-styled jungle studio, from waste material Arthur paints the bottles with different themes of life, transforming them into lamps, and props that make up his multi-media art space. To sustain this venture, and the charity work he does, Arthur hopes to sell the bottle lamps to raise money to sustain himself, the documentary, and charity project for the disadvantaged children in Katanga slum. Items are made on order; for as little as 50 $.
You can also support by hosting a workshop or exhibition of the same works, in your neighbourhood or community. Also; worth noting, Arthur’s recycled wearable art was pre-selected for the International WOW fashion Award competition in New-Zealand. Unfortunately he can not afford to ship the costume that was pre-selected by the Judges. Any help in this regard would be welcome.
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