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Moving Gallows

Nov 22, 2019 - Nura Qureshi

My very good friend & collaborator Samantha Ripa di Meana and I took a trip to Nyeri, where Dedan Kimathi, rebel and spiritual leader of the Mau Mau, was not only born but also sentenced to death. We walked along the what seemed to be abandoned court building in Nyeri and talked to the court attendee when a small black and white copy of a photograph pinned to the wall behind the entrance door caught our attention. During the Emergency, the British Military introduced moving gallows to hang Mau Mau suspects. The only remnant of the gallows existence is this copy of a photograph.


Like a man trying to hide his scars, the will to erase the traces of its footprints, the Kenyans have transformed the landscape, where camps and executions, tortures and trials took place and have replaced them by school, churches, quarries and airports.