Michael Soi, Acrylic mixed media canvas, 100 by 100 cm (March 2015)
This week has been tough for Kenyan art. The ongoing Venice Biennale has been a major punch in the face to our Kenyan artists who were expecting to showcase their work at the Biennale curated by our very own Okwui Enwezor. It seems the Venice Biennale got royally fooled by unscrupulous Kenyan policy makers and a handful of Chinese who are now representing Kenya at the world-class art exhibition. Michael Soi, one of Kenya's top artists, responded to the Chinese take over of our stand through art (see above). His art piece has since gone viral - NPR and Okayafrica. Creative intelligence is being utilized by Michael Soi and other top artists to inspire Kenyan people.
In this day and age, creative intelligence is the best weapon to help humanity forge ahead in pretty much all fields. It is creative intelligence that has led to Finland being the top education system in the world and inspired their most recent move to scrap subjects in classrooms. But what exactly is creative intelligence? According to Bruce Nussbaum, author of Creative Intelligence, it is harnessing the power to create, connect and inspire. He points to five main competencies of creative intelligence:
These five competencies are the hallmark of nearly all the Kenyan artists we have been working with. The video below is of Michael Soi's close friend and art colleague: Patrick Mukabi, Kenya's top illustrious artist, who demonstrates that creative intelligence is the democratic currency being used in East Africa to help top performers create, connect and inspire.