ATUNYA PERFORMANCE AND TOBIAS LUNDKVIST PRESENT FAST AND FURIOUS - Supporting Nairobi hockey 24.03.22
TextMartin ThomassonPhotoTobias Lundkvist
Atunya Performance and photographer Tobias Lundkvist is pleased to present “Fast and furious – supporting Nairobi Hockey” – a one-day charity exhibition of 13 prints by Lundkvist highlighting Kenya’s emerging youth hockey community at Gallery Steinsland Berliner on March 23. A short documentary about the young players who make up the core of the scene will also premiere at the opening of the exhibition.
“Fast and furious – supporting Nairobi Hockey” is a portrait of young people pursuing the dream of a better life through sports and a snapshot of a hyper-vivid East African city. The film and the prints on view give the viewer personal and intimate glimpses of the players in their Nairobi home environments and take us into the thick of the city at the Aga Khan parking lot, where the players gather every Sunday for street hockey games.
The project was created on location in June 2021. Atunya and a production team led by Tobias Lundkvist went to Nairobi to document the young players as they traveled from their homes on the city’s outskirts to Aga Khan. Also, an essential part of the project was to provide the players with new rollerblades and hockey jerseys.
Many players come from poor or low-income families in slum areas like Mukuru and Kariobangi. Sport is absolutely essential for them. It gives them purpose, joy and hope in an environment offering very few options for a better life. With drugs and crime just around the corner in the densely populated slums, hockey provides a safe haven and a positive thing to focus on for these kids.
“Fast and furious – supporting Nairobi Hockey” is Atunya Performance’s first project in an initiative to support hockey communities in locations where the sport is still emerging and to highlight the positive impact sports can have on young people’s lives. The Kenyan hockey community was chosen as a starting point for the brand’s charity project because of Atunya founder Johnny Oduya’s Kenyan heritage.
All profits from the prints sale go to support the Kenyan hockey community. By buying a print, you make a direct positive impact on the lives of the community’s young players. The money allows the investment in much-needed equipment like hockey sticks, jerseys and rollerblades. It also ensures education for the players whose parents can’t afford the school fee.
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