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Kenyan-Based Artist Cyrus Kabiru Brings His Afrofuturist Glasses & Bicycles To Cape Town

Kenyan-based artist Cyrus Kabiru's Afrofuturist C-Stunners glasses and bikes are on view at SMAC Art Gallery in Cape Town 29 Jan - 14 March.

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Self-taught Kenyan-based sculptor/painter/eyewear designer Cyrus Kabiru is a key player in Nairobi's Afrofuturist scene who we first caught up with to talk his inventive bifocals in October 2012. This month, Kabiru, who makes sculptural art from recycled materials he finds throughout Nairobi, is bringing his fantastical creations to Cape Town for his very first South African solo exhibition. C-Stunners & Black Mamba, which runs at SMAC Art Gallery in Woodstock through 14 March, sees the arrival of Kabiru's beloved spectacles (which he says in a clip from Afripedia are inspired by his love of boobs), along with the introduction of a new series of re-imagined fixed gear bicycle sculptures. The End of the Black Mamba is a memorial of sorts to Kenya's fixed gear "Black Mamba" bicycles, which are becoming increasingly rare as scooters and motorbikes become more affordable in Kenya. Kabiru's C-Stunners & Black Mamba sculptures and photos are on view now through 14 March at SMAC Art Gallery in Cape Town (145 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock).

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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