Curator Selection / 2020 / /

Matatu Metropolis

  • Photographer
    Christian Bobst
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    Christian Bobst

They are colourful, loud and flashy - the Matatus of Nairobi. In Kenya's capital these pimped, private buses are the main means of transport. The Matatus transport most commuters in this vast city. They are so numerous that they contribute significantly to the daily traffic collapse in Nairobi. Between 20,000 and 40,000 graffiti-covered Matatus compete for the attention of the people on the streets. In order to make the old buses more attractive, the owners of the Matatus pimp the exteriors, interiors and motors of the Matatus in order to make every single bus is a roaring work of art.