Cyrus Kabiru is a self-taught painter and sculptor living in Nairobi. Kabiru’s sculptural work epitomises his role as a ‘collector’ of Nairobi’s cast-offs, which he repurposes into various forms. He is perhaps best known for his playful C-STUNNERS collection, an ongoing work in which Kabiru creates and wears artistic glasses made from electronic waste.
“I really love trash,” Kabiru says. “I try to give trash a second chance.”
His junkyard eyewear sits between fashion, wearable art and performance. Kabiru’s passion for eyewear began when he was a boy coveting other people’s eyewear. “When I was young, I used to admire real glasses but my dad was a bit harsh and he never wanted me to have real glasses.”
Now, however, Kabiru has all the strange and wonderful glasses he hoped for in his youth. Each piece in his collection has a humorous name – a piece he made from a salvaged motherboard is called “The Fatherboard” and another piece made from a set of speakers is called “Big Mouth”.
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