African art can be just that – fun, fierce and fantastical. This is revealed by TED Fellow Wanuri Kahiu, a writer and filmmaker, in her TED 2017 talk where she explores the wonderful nature of this craft.
Kahiu details her work which centers around unexplored narratives such as “Nairobi pop bands that want to go to space or about seven-foot-tall robots that fall in love” She adds that although it isn’t incredibly important, it is “fun, fierce and frivolous, as frivolous as bubblegum”
fun, fierce and frivolous, as frivolous as bubblegum
Kahiu does delve into important African issues such as HIV/AIDS and female genital mutilation. However, she believes art should also tell stories that are vibrant. In comes, AfroBubbleGum which is attempting to create a “different view of the world, a happy Africa view.” Her website features short films which captivate these frivolous narratives and reshape the perception of the agenda of African filmmakers.
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