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Teleica Kirkland

Cultural and Historical Studies Tutor

Continuing on with her theme of Afrofuturism, Teleica explores a little deeper into the world of sustainable artist and sculptor Cyrus Kabiru.

Bridging the gap between art and fashion is Cyrus Kabiru who has been making wearable art out of the trash and discarded detritus he finds in Nairobi, Kenya where he resides. The use of waste materials in his work is very future-focused and speaks to the futuristic dystopian premonitions that have been shown in films like Blade Runner and District 9.

 

Credit: Ed Cross.

 

As a sculptor, his wearable art is seen as attributing to an Afrofuturism aesthetic which he aligns with the revitalising and renewal of waste he calls “giving trash a second chance”. Cyrus collects, reuses and recycles electronic and household waste items to develop the eyewear that he calls ‘C-Stunners’; wearable facial sculptures worn over the eyes as if they were glasses. These sculptures inadvertently become accessories, each having their own story of their inception.

Using his Kenyan heritage and background, Cyrus imbues each item with a narrative that holds a deep resonance with the social and political climate of Kenya and Africa as a whole. This attributes great cultural and environmental significance to his work which has seen his C-Stunners being used in fashion editorials, catwalk shows and advertising campaigns, and they can fetch anything up to $1000 or more. The recycled nature, the development of his style and the inclusion of his uniquely Kenyan influence are what attributes his C-Stunners to an Afrofuturism aesthetic.

Find more of Cyrus’ work on his Facebook page

 

To find out more about the work CIAD do surrounding the African diaspora, head over to their website, or follow them on Instagram: @ciaduk

 

Have an interest in innovative sculpture or accessories?

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BA (Hons) Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts

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