‘The End of Black Mamba’, a video by Cyrus Kabiru, will be shown at Beaufort 2015 in Belgium.

This recently by Han Nefkens for his Han Nefkens H+F Collection acquired video is the first in a series of short documentaries about the decline in usage of the fixed speed bicycle in Kenya.

Cyrus Kabiru (1984, Nairobi, Kenya) estimates that in the 1980s and 1990s 80% of the Kenyan population used the iconic bicycles – almost every household had a ‘Black Mamba’. In 2014/2015 that number has dropped to below 30% as people replace their bicycles with scooters and Chinese manufactured motorbikes. In memory of these bicycles, Kabiru began a project recycling discarded and outdated bicycles and transforming them into unique sculptural assemblages.

Filmed on a flower farm near Mount Kenya, Kabiru speaks to cyclists who still use this traditional mode of transportation. This generation praises the ‘Black Mamba’ for its reliability and health benefits, claiming that the bicycle’s replacements, scooters and Chinese motorbikes, bring sickness and death.

In this film, Cyrus Kabiru consciously takes on the role of the antagonist, taking the position that the ‘Black Mamba’ will indeed be replaced and cease to be seen on Kenyan roads.

On invitation of the Han Nefkens Foundation Cyrus Kabiru will be artist in residence in Barcelona in 2016!

The fifth edition of Beaufort, entitled Beyond Borders, will take place from 21.06.2015 until 21.09.2015, one of the curators is Hilde Teerlinck, also president of the Han Nefkens Foundation.

Biography Cyrus Kabiru
Beaufort 2015

‘The End of Black Mamba’, a video by Cyrus Kabiru, will be shown at Beaufort 2015 in Belgium.                              

The ArtAids foundation was set up in 2006 at Han Nefkens’ initiative. ArtAids fights AIDS with the power of art as its most important weapon. ArtAids invites leading artists to produce work that is inspired by AIDS and related problems. These works of art are used to raise the public’s consciousness and to encourage their involvement.

Fundació Han Nefkens

The Han Nefkens Foundation is a private non-profit organisation that was set up in Barcelona in 2009 with the aim of promoting the production of contemporary artworks. The mission is to stimulate artistic creation in Barcelona by offering international artists an opportunity to create artworks and interventions in the city, and to promote other fields of contemporary creation.


Han Nefkens started to collect art in 2000. The H+F Collection, named after himself and his partner Felipe, is in long-term loan to various museums in The Netherlands and abroad. Nowadays Han Nefkens is not only active as a collector but also as an initiator of international art projects, often in collaboration with museums and other art institutions.