C-Stunners by Kenyan visual artist Cyrus Kabiru
As a good example for the youth and also as an art teacher, you could have probably received government funding to support your project as cultural education.
CK: No, our government is shit. They just believe in the people who are more educated, those who wear suits. (Laughs) Last month, I was with a Kenyan politician then I met a group of people who knew me, they began to shout “we know this guy!” The politician was upset with their reaction because he felt like they should know him rather than me. He should be the most popular one between us both. Politics in Kenya is bullshit. They always and only care for themselves as they drive around in big cars.
Are they supporting art at all?
CK: We have the oldest politician, William Ole Ntimama, as the Minister of Art and Culture, and for him Kenyan art is only about the Maasai and traditional dances!
So, what are your designs made with? Where are you getting your materials from?
CK: I just collect material from everywhere when I walk in the streets of Nairobi. First, I love nature and that’s the reason I work with recycled material. I want people to know how to give trash a second chance.
The C stunners project caught my eye. I could clearly imagine it on a runway, in a movie or in a dance piece. Why C stunners?
CK:(Laugh) C stands for my name or to see. The stunners is of course because they are stunning!
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