CYRUS KABIRU

Curriculum Vitae

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2018

Artist in Residence, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) Artist in Residency Programme, Segera Retreat, Laikipia, Kenya.

Artist in Residence, Africa First Residency by Serge Tiroche in collaboration with START incubator project, The Red House, Tel Aviv, Israel.

2016

Artist in Residence, Fundació Han Nefkens, Barcelona, Spain.

Quartz Africa Innovators recognition at Quartz Africa’s Innovators Summit, Nairobi, Kenya.

2013

TED Fellowship Residency at TED Talks Conference: “The Young. The Wise. The Undiscovered.”, Los Angeles, USA.

2010

Maker Faire Africa Award for Best Artist Innovation – Thinking Outside the Box, New York City, USA.

2007

Young Innovator Award, Sandbox Network, London, UK.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS & PRESENTATIONS

2018

Solo presentation, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India.

Solo Presentation, ART X Lagos (SMAC Gallery), The Civic Centre, Lagos, Nigeria.

2017

Pandashuka, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

Macho Mbadala, SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2016

Njia Ya Maisha, The Amory Show: African Perspectives, (SMAC Gallery), New York City, USA.

2015

Black Mamba, FNB Joburg Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Johannesburg, South Africa.

The End Of The Black Mamba, LOOP Fair, (SMAC Gallery), Barcelona, Spain.

C-Stunners and Black Mamba, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

2014

Cyrus Kabiru & Timothy Prus, African Art Foundation Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria.

2013

Cyrus Kabiru: C-Stunners, Frank Picture Gallery in association with the Ed Cross Fine Arts Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.

2011

Cyrus Kabiru, Kuntspodium T Gallery, Tilburg, Netherlands.

2010

Upcoming, Kuona Trust, Nairobi, Kenya.

The C-Stunner, Kuona Trust, Nairobi, Kenya.

2009

Cyrus Kabiru, Rahimtulla Museum of Modern Arts (RaMoMA), Nairobi, Kenya.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS & PRESENTATIONS

2019

[upcoming] Second life – Second Breath, Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL), Marrakech, Morocco.

2018

Wish You Were Here, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

FNB Joburg Art fair (SMAC Gallery), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design curated by Amelie Klein & Okwui Enwezor, [Travelling Exhibition], Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, USA; Albuquerque Museum, USA.

Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), Cape Town, South Africa.

2017

All Things Being Equal, Zietz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), Cape Town, South Africa.

AFRICAN VOICES: Confronting Frontiers of Reality, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe.

X: Part III, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

FNB Joburg Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

X: Part I, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design curated by Amelie Klein & Okwui Enwezor, [Travelling Exhibition], High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA.

The Armory Show, (SMAC Gallery), New York City, USA.

2016

SUMMER SHOW ’16, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

ARTISSIMA (SMAC Gallery), The Oval, Lingotto, Turin, Italy.

FNB Joburg Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Climactic: Post Normal Design, The Carnegie Mellon University School of Design, Pittsburgh, USA.

Upstart/Startup, SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Brutal Beauty: Violence and Contemporary Design (in collaboration with Max Borka), Marta Herford Museum for Art, Architecture, Design, Herford, Germany.

Cape Town Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Cape Town International Conference Centre (CTICC), Cape Town, South Africa.

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design curated by Amelie Klein & Okwui Enwezor, [Travelling Exhibition], Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

2015

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design curated by Amelie Klein & Okwui Enwezor, [Travelling Exhibition], Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain; Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rein, Germany.

Lumières d’Afriques, (coinciding with COP21 International Conference), National Theatre of Chaillot, Paris, France.

Unorthodox, curated by Jens Hoffman, The Jewish Museum, New York City, USA.

CPH:Market, curated by LOOP Barcelona and The Why Foundation, for CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark.

ARTISSIMA (SMAC Gallery), Torino Oval, Lingotto, Turin, Italy.

Beyond Borders, 5th Beaufort Triennial, West Flanders Province, Belgium.

AFRICA: Architecture Culture & Identity curated by Kjeld Kjeldsen and Mathias Ussing Seeberg, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark.

Towards Intersections: Negotiating Subjects, Objects and Contexts, UNISA Space at the University of South Africa, Pretoria; and MuseuMAfricA, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Concealed: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City, USA.

Africa Design Days, Villa des Arts, Rabat, Morocco.

Cape Town Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), V&A Waterfront – The Avenue, Cape Town, South Africa.

2014

MORE MATERIAL, curated by Duro Olowu, Salon 94 Bowery Gallery, New York City, USA.

FNB Joburg Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Kenyan Art Fair, Nairobi, Kenya.

2013

The Shadows Took Shape, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City, USA.

AFROFUTURE: Adventure with Makers, Thinkers and Dreamers, collaboration with La Rinascente, Milan Design Week, Milan, Italy.

Museum of Architecture (Arkitekturmuseet), Stockholm, Sweden.

LagosPhoto Festival, Lagos, Nigeria.

Phantasms of the Non-City / LagosPhoto Festival, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2012

Visiones Africaines, Perimeter Art & Design, Paris, France.

The Space we Live in, Rosetta Arts, London, UK.

Framed! Contemporary Eyewear in Fashion, Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion, London, UK.

Istanbul Design Biennale, Istanbul, Turkey.

2010

C-Stunners, Maker Faire Africa 2010, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya.

Mwangali Tofauti: Nine Photographic Perspectives from Kenya, Portraits of Cyrus Kabiru by Barbara Minishi, Nairobi Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya.

TALKS & WORKSHOPS

2019

The Gaze of the Apprentice [workshop], Museum of Contemporary Art of Serralves, Porto, Portugal.

2016

FLOW series 01: CYRUS KABIRU with Blanca Callén, presented by Fundació Han Nefkens & Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain.

2013

No Art, No Life: Fellows Friday with Cyrus Kabiru, TEDTalks, Los Angeles, USA.

2012

Found in Deptford: An Afternoon with Cyrus Kabiru, experimental workshop with Richard Parry, V22 Summer Club, London, UK.

Cyrus Kabiru, International School of Kenya, organized by Friends of the Arts, Nairobi, Kenya.

Cyrus Kabiru, (outreach project and workshop), Kitui and Kisumu, Kenya.

COLLECTIONS

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), Cape Town, South Africa.

Tiroche Deleon Collection, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City, USA.

Lemaître Collection, Paris, France.

Han Nefkens H+F Collection, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Helena Fernandino & Emilio Pi Collection, Madrid, Spain.

Kuano Trust – (patronage of Robert Deveroux), Nairobi, Kenya.

Scheryn Art Fund, Cape Town, South Africa.

Saatchi & Abel Collection, Cape Town, South Africa.

The Royal Portfolio Collection, Cape Town, South Africa.

Ekhard Foundation, Wassenaar, Netherlands.