“When I present my work somewhere, someone will always ask, ‘How does it deal with real African issues like war, poverty, devastation, AIDS?’ Well, it doesn’t,” says Wanuri Kahiu, whose work, dubbed “AfroBubbleGum” presents a fierce, frivolous, fun Africa. And this is a political act. “Agenda art is important, but it cannot be the only art that comes out of the continent.”
She explains the dangers of a single narrative, especially Africa’s narrative. “Imagine we have images of Africans who are vibrant and loving and thriving and living a beautiful vibrant life. What would we think of ourselves then? Would we think we’re worthy of more happiness? Think of our shared humanity through our shared joy?”
Watch her warm and refreshing TED talk below:
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