We recently had our walls coloured “Faith Yellow” by multimedia artist Yazmany Arboleda. We welcomed authors, artists, film folk, art lovers, religious leaders and anyone who would come to his project launch. We handed pastels out at the door and encouraged attendees to answer the question on the wall “Where does your Faith live?”
While speaking about his work, Yazmany references the words of Doris Summers “Art is that which has no name yet.”
On these grounds, Yazmany has created an art practice that focuses on art in public space. In his TedX Talk 2014, he passionately expresses that although part of his process focusses on creating objects (detailed drawings and paintings of the ideas he comes up with) what he’s ultimately after is the creation of memories in the minds of the people that participate in his work. He thinks of his creations as living sculptures: people coming together to create beauty in the world.
His passion is in using art to raising awareness and elevating the conversation. It’s also about complicating the narrative, drawing away from the war torn Qabul and the Al-Shabaab terrorized Kenya. He hopes to counter the bad press and worrying images engrained in our minds through the collective media. Yazmany’s art brings about images of adults holding ten thousand pink balloons in a beautiful Qabul from his Monday Morning project, beautiful architectural buildings abandoned by whites in post-segregation Johannesburg dripping with pink paint highlighting the plight of the homeless in his Beware of Colour project.
In Nairobi, yellow is the colour of Faith. Imagine a world in which all buildings of faith were painted Faith Yellow. So far 14 mosques, temples and churches have signed on all over Nairobi from Baba dogo to Kawangware. Yazmany hopes that by this action, involving the interfaith community, we will come to realize that love is the main tenet of religions. Yazmany hopes faith yellow buildings will pop up anywhere between Mombasa, Kisumu and Garrisa.