ART NEWS – SURROUNDING THE BUSTLING CITY of Nairobi is a miles-long network of caves formed thousands of years ago when lava hit groundwater and quickly cooled. The earliest humans used them as homes, and there is evidence―the salted walls at Kitum Cave, Maasai drawings in the Suswa caves―that local tribes used various spaces within the vast subterranean network to eat and access water, and as hideouts and shrines until they were forced out by British colonizers. These caves fascinated architect Kabage Karanja as he was growing up. “I experienced sleeping [there] when I was a teenager and it always stayed with me,” Karanja said over Zoom.
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