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Cover Story

Vulture Graffiti

Volume 12, Issue 2  | 
Published 03/10/2015
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In February 2012, PAWA 254 initiated several street graffiti projects whose purpose was to draw Kenyans’ attention to the endemic issues of bad governance, corruption, and abuse of office perpetrated by the political class. We used the image of a vulture to characterise and satirise the Kenyan politician in street graffiti, while calling on Kenyans to stand up and fight for their rights and hold their leaders to account. The graffiti also chronicled political scandals over the last decade. “We have to wake people’s minds; a picture is worth a thousand words,” was how one participating graffiti artist summed up the campaign.

The images on the streets elicited a lot of public interest and reactions, which not only reinforced our other messages but also urged that the messages be spread to other parts of the country. Significantly, there was uproar among parliamentarians owing to the negative publicity that the graffiti elicited, timed as it was within an election period.

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In total, we put up 41 murals in key locations within Nairobi and erected tens of billboards with thought-provoking artworks at various locations in Eldoret, Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa.

All the artistes involved in the graffiti work ended up getting involved in Spray-for-Change, a campaign organised by DuraCoat. As a result of the Vulture campaign the graffiti artists landed invitations to tour Germany, New York, Sweden and the Netherlands. Swift, Pawa254 resident artist and Boniface Mwangi did a mural at the Royal palace in the Netherlands. PAWA 254 Graffiti opened doors to our artists to work with mainstream corporates like Safaricom, Airtel, Zuku, Basco, KICC, Kenya Bankers Association, USIU, Google, DSTV, among others, who commissioned our graffiti artists. They also did graffiti at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

 

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