I heard part of society say that "art kills" and i wonder how closed minded they can be to not realize the amazing gift portrayed by the chosen few who can actually give life to something that seemed so dull. isn't it amazing how a few paint brushes and some color make everything so profound? yet some choose to not see the beauty of such work. the kenyan matatu is the canvas to a painter. where he or she gets to throw color in something that was once so inexistent and you say that such peaceful art kills, how?
the way a painter throws his or her heart out to come up with such beauty, i think the world ought to praise such work because only few can do that and this in return earns them (fellow kenyans) income. maybe even enough income to feed his or her hungry child and family.
the matatu culture has been in business for the longest time and of course there have been a couple of accidents but how does art affect these accidents? if art can cause accidents then why are there so many art galleries all over the world praising art? just because some people choose not to portray their art in such galleries does not mean it is so wrong. probably they wanted to show the world what their talent has to offer. even investors may choose to invest in such profound work and these artists could go places and make it life out of just portraying their art in these matatus.
if you were to ask me what causes these accidents, i would say its high speed because all public transportation has a specific speed limit, its reckless driving without keeping in mind that the lives of our fellow kenyans are at stake, its drinking while driving, its that one kenyan who will not heed the presence of traffic lights when they hit green and he or she is crossing the road.
the few who chose to blame *art* are too blind to see what the major problem is.
art should never be discriminated because that is a gift from the almighty god and he who has been gifted more then more is expected from him. so let the artist portray his or her gift how he sees best. .
*word @nelly_kendy * #art doesn't not kill. #savethematatuculture #speedkillsnotart #somc #matwanamatatuculture
while i totally agree with what the government agencies are trying to do to curb road accidents, i'm against their manner of enforcement. speed governors, valid licenses, duly registered drivers, safety belts, all that is fine.
but... the art, the graffiti, the music, the design, the sophistication.. that goes way deeper. however much you try supporting the fact that it should be done away with, it's not right. you can't deny the fact that we matatu owners invest alot in a legitimate business and its not fair to take our investment down the drain. you can't deny the fact that doing away with the art will be killing careers. then what? where will young talented youth go to?
i look at my contact list and i see body fabricators, sound technicians, graffiti artists, visual designers, automotive paint distributors.... all these are careers that are going down the drain. for what? just coz police taking bribes along the way caused a fatal accident? coz if they impounded the bus then we wouldn't be where we are now.
why should all of us pay for the mistake of one person? why haven't the police on duty that night faced the law? why ?
why are we treated with so much impunity?
is it really fair? is it really ok to k**l so many careers? to k**l so many dreams? is it really? is it?
we have no other choice but pull our vehicle from the road till further notice.
Most matatus have already met the requirements specified in part a and b, yet police/ntsa are still going ahead to remove the artwork, lights, sound systems,screen and interior decor of the matatu. this harrassment is unacceptable & illegal! #saveourmatatuculture