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Gabriele Galimberti April 15, 2013

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Botswana.
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From the CouchSurfing project, Kenias Hichaaba. Maun, Botswana 2012

Gabriele Galimberti (b. 1977, Italy) studied photography at ‘Fondazione Studio Marangoni’ in Florence from 2000 to 2003.  He then ran a professional photography laboratory and a photo gallery in Florence. In 2002 Gabriele was one of the winning participants in a photography competition called ’Giovane Fotografia in Italia’ which selected ten upcoming photographers in all of Italy. He is member of Riverboom Publishing. Gabriele’s work have appeared in Newsweek, Le Monde, Geo, D– La Repubblica, Io Donna, Le Temps and Vanity Fair among others.

About the Photograph:

“Kenias lives in a small house with only two rooms. In the first one there are two armchairs, a console with TV and hi-fi, a kitchenette and the sofa where I slept for three nights. In the second room, instead, there are two chairs, a small wardrobe and a double mattress that Kenias shares with his younger brother and his mum. The bathroom is outside of the house that he shares with the five other families living in the small building. For the shower there is a bucket. His father died a few years ago and now Kenias is the man of the house. He is very religious, devoted to Pentecostalism and studies at the Bible School in Maun, Botswana. His dream is to become a charismatic priest. ‘€œI strongly believe in the manifestation gifts of the spirit, such as healing, speaking many languages and prophecies. I pray and study a lot, and I am sure that one day these gifts will show themselves in me.’ During the three days I spent in his house I suspected that his TV had only one channel. Indeed, it was always on Emmanuel TV, a channel of sermons and religious songs. Every day at about 3 pm, Kenias plays his keyboard on the armchair in front of the TV and sings along with it.”

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