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Nairobi | Art & CultureMarch 1, 2014

C.Karibu’s “C-Stunners”

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Cyrus Kabiru currently practices in Nairobi. He is a self taught painter and sculptor. His paintings are often humorous portrayals of contemporary living within Kenya. Kabiru adopts the role of a flâneur, the observer, explorer, and lounger using his paintings as the output for his experiences.

His sculptural work embodies his role as a “collector” of Nairobi cast offs. Kabiru fashions and refashions these waste, recycled, and found materials into various forms. Currently he is focusing on a series that depicts African nature using thousands of bottle caps sewn together.

He is perhaps best known for his C-STUNNERS, an ongoing work which where Cyrus creates and wears artistic bifocals. The work sits itself between fashion, wearable art, performance, and one of a kind commodity objects. C-STUNNERS have a certain energy and playfulness that really captures the sensibility and attitude of a youth generation in Nairobi.

They portray the aspiration of popular culture bling; they reflect the ingenuity and resourcefulness of people; the lenses provide a new filter giving a fresh perspective onto the world that we live in transforming the wearer not only in appearance but in mind frame as well.

I could use one of those, really!

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