THE ARMORY SHOW
03.03.16 – 06.03.16
Piers 92 & 94
New York, USA
SMAC Gallery (Booth 630, Pier 94) presents a new series of C-Stunners and photographs by Cyrus Kabiru titled Njia Ya Maisha at The Armory Show in New York, from 3 – 6 March 2016.
Njia Ya Maisha is Swahili for “way(s) of life”, and the pieces in this series chronicle the dynamic flows of commodity culture: both the artifacts and brands, and their shifting symbolic value.
Conradie and Norman (2016) writes:
Concentrated on a visual and DIY aesthetic, evocative of old sci-fi films, Kabiru’s work aims to shift conventional perspectives or prescribed visions of the world.
Kabiru was born in 1984 in Nairobi, Kenya, where he still lives and works. His first solo exhibition was in 2008 at the Wasanii Workshop in Kenya. He has subsequently exhibited in England, the USA, Sweden, Holland, Italy, Turkey, South Africa and in his home country. Kabiru sees his work as a call to innovation, as recognised by his inclusion in the seminal exhibitions Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany in 2015 and now showing at the The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Africa – Architecture & Identity at the Louisiana Museum in Humlebæk, Denmark.
Recent group exhibitions include Concealed: Selections from the Permanent Collection at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, Towards Intersections: Negotiating Subjects, Objects and Contexts at the University of South Africa Art Gallery in Pretoria; Beyond Borders, the 5th edition of the Beaufort Triennial in West Flanders, Belgium and Lumières d’Afriques, organized by the AAD Fund, at the at the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris, France in 2015.
Cyrus Kabiru is the current resident artist at the Han Nefkens Foundation Residency in Barcelona, Spain, where he was also the first artist to participate in the Flow Series talks programme, an initiative of the Han Nefkens Foundation and the Antoni Tàpies Foundation. Kabiru is also included in Brutal Beauty: Violence and Contemporary Design at the Marta Herford Museum of Contemporary Art in Herford, Germany and Unorthodox, curated by Jens Hoffmann at The Jewish Museum, New York, USA.
View the artist’s page: Cyrus Kabiru
THE ARMORY SHOW
PIERS 92 & 94
Twelfth Avenue at 55th Street
New York City
Thursday, March 3: 12 pm to 7 pm
Friday, March 4: 12 pm to 7 pm
Saturday, March 5: 12 pm to 7 pm
Sunday, March 6: 12 pm to 7 pm
For more information visit The Armory Show