Wanuri Kahiu: Fun, fierce and fantastical African art
Wanuri Kahiu wants to curate, commission and create art that celebrates fun, fierce and frivolous Africa. Full bio
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she'd tell the craziest stories
with her overactive imagination.
was that if you eat a lot of salt,
with science fiction,
my own science fiction and fantasy,
was considered un-African.
where only serious things happen.
someone will always ask,
that want to go to space
agenda art isn't important;
that write about HIV and radicalization
that comes out of the continent.
is still being realized.
on developmental aid.
one image of ourselves for so long
that is not policy-driven
for its potential poverty porn pitfalls.
that are similar to the Bechdel test,
in this piece of fiction healthy?
and not in need of saving?
to two or more of these questions,
images of Africans who were vibrant
we're worthy of more happiness?
through our shared joy?
that give me immeasurable joy,
everything to save plants
in this current splintered world
in creating, curating and commissioning
for a different view of the world,
fierce and frivolous art
than you can imagine.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERWanuri Kahiu - Filmmaker, writer
Wanuri Kahiu wants to curate, commission and create art that celebrates fun, fierce and frivolous Africa.
Why you should listen
Born in Nairobi, TED Fellow Wanuri Kahiu is part of the new generation of African filmmakers. Her films have received international acclaim and have been screened in more than 100 film festivals around the world. To date, Kahiu has written and directed six films and is working on her second feature length film.
Kahiu's first feature film, From a Whisper, based on the real events surrounding the 1998 twin bombings of US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, won Best Narrative Feature in 2010 at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles as well as five awards at the African Movie Academy Award, including Best Director and Best Screenplay.
In 2009 Wanuri produced TV documentary For Our Land about Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Wangari Maathai for MNET, a pan-African cable station. In 2010, her short science fiction Pumzi premiered at Sundance and went on to win best short film at Cannes and the silver at Carthage Film Festival in Tunisia. Pumzi also earned Kahiu the Citta di Venezia 2010 award in Venice, Italy. She is currently in post production on her second feature film, Rafiki, as well as a feature length documentary Ger about UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Ger Duany.
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