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Walk a Mile captures Kenya

Photographer Mary Jefferson captures the faces behind the places she visited in Africa.

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Mary Jefferson's travels in Kenya weren't just the trip of a lifetime, but the inspiration for this powerful collection of portraits that hang in the north end's newest gallery space, 2053. The Halifax photographer ventured to Africa in 2007 and travelled a 2,000 kilometre loop that began in Nairobi and took her through many memorable villages along the way. She spent time bunking with a mother, daughter and grandchild in Kendu Bay Village. The community was made up of 60 homes, 600 residents and had no roads or power; life there had a simplicity that inspired Jefferson. "The Africa I have witnessed leaves me longing to go back," says the artist, who spent time visiting schools and orphanages, capturing very natural and raw photos of the children she met.

To March 5, 2053, 2053 Gottingen Street, Tue-Sat noon-5pm

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