05-10-2019 by redazione
From the landfills in Nairobi to the African Museum in Verona.
The Afro-Futurist visions of Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru, who uses recycled materials to create surreal design accessories, arrive in Italy with the exhibition "Macho Nne" (literally "four eyes").
The exhibition, organized by the African Museum and included in the program of the thirty-ninth edition of the Festival of African Cinema in Verona, will be inaugurated today, Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 6 pm in Vicolo Pozzo 1, with the presence of photographer Marco Ambrosi who will guide those present to the project and the works of the young visionary artist from Kenya who has made recycling his first source of inspiration and found in the trash the raw material for his projects.
Kabiru, 35 years old from Nairobi where he lives and works, has given a second chance of life to useless or expired objects, changing their functions and increasing their value.
The exhibition presents the series already successfully presented at the international level of the "C-Stunners", or glasses to wear, real sculptures made with discarded objects such as screws, threads, spoons or crown caps, obsolete technological pieces or materials from urban landfills, readily selected and recontextualized with imagination.
The artist presents this series through photographic self-portraits wearing these glasses similar to masks that, in their materiality, become new products and reflect on a world in which identities are forged through the purchase and abandonment of goods. The use of a pair of C-Stunners allows for a new perspective on reality, reminding us how much spectacles can narrow or focus on one's point of view and thus determine one's worldview.
In the exhibition, the public will find a selection of works, among the most interesting, granted to the Museum by the SMAC Gallery, a South African gallery that takes care of the artist's production.
Cyrus Kabiru is self-taught, his works have been presented in numerous exhibitions of important galleries and museums, including the permanent collection of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in Cape Town, South Africa; the Studio Museum in the Harlem permanent collection, New York City, USA; the Lemaître collection, Paris, France; the H+F collection of Han Nefkens, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Kuona Trust, Nairobi, Kenya and the DeLeon Tyrokas Collection, Gibraltar, among others. His last exhibition in Israel in 2019.
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