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WHY I WAS FLYING ON MY NIKE™️ BIKE

4/24

Crossing my fingies and hoping The Winged goddess of Viceroy Herself would collab with me Woishe, woishe, c u collab kidogo tu


Brandt Maina | RIOA wa RIOE, detail of This is une Nike, Babushka, No. 4/24 from Prophetic Charcoal Dreams (September 2022)

12 x 16

charcoal, ink on paper


There I was Bar Bee Queer Salts in my temples You know at some point someone somewhere convinces you to try a little some some

And so you do

And so there you are Head down, town gown

Dead of Night

Moon peaking behind churches

Red I sit on my electric broom Scrunch Orange Flying on my Nike [modern electric public transportation] Bike

Occasionally I will pronounce it as Ni-Keh Bi-Keh In a tone that someone else might say, “Mitsubishi” Nike Bike

PI Bright but Open Dead of Night Brain deeply, steepled and stabled with the phantasmowhimsical marvels of performance art CA

There are so many options, so many many many options

I think I want to awaken in you a phear that Dobby is Sméagol A phear of just how much much you much Mhhhh brain



Brandt Maina | RIOA wa RIOE, detail of This is une Nike, Babushka, No. 4/24 from Prophetic Charcoal Dreams (September 2022)

12 x 16

charcoal, ink on paper


What is our brains were flat

Is over of equals percent over one hundred

Soft and flat

Basically just glass

What if you were still holding on to the meaning in words

As though that matters at all *groans meaningful percent signs

*inhales sharply *exhales Close your eyes You’ve made it this far, bestie

Let me wash your feet There is a world of delightful little hohos

This means bell peppers Ulianza na hoho Ulianza na hoho Umetangulia na aioli kwanini?

Can you really truly believe I discarded my mother tongue to spew nonsense in the language of my colonizers Okay, thank you! As I should! Obscene obeisance Allow me to continue to rip and tear Our neurons at Our will

the genderless lands of consciousness

superiorfluous-states-of-Being How do you build an -ingdom




Brandt Maina | RIOA wa RIOE, I wish I could say this wasn't my front+backyard, at least my walk home was safe, (Time Lapse)

dimensions vary

digital photograph




Wash wishes and continue to test your best attention Intention Discipline your mind

🌞FOCUS🌞 If you can hold on to yourself while the sandstorm of non sequiturs rages on You will achieve Nirvana Top Down Verbal Bottom Brown God Religion is a vertical toy Zig zag Tiera wack

Give a Gob

a done

This old Regina is a virginal coy

*in the cutest most Eno-scent voice

“I luh him, I luh him ” Eno is an over-the-counter antacid brand produced by Haleon. Its main ingredients are sodium carbonate, Sodium bicarbonate and citric acid. the scent in question is the tell-tale flavor of Being… *in earnest Lemongrab Unacceptable I consumed a lot of Eno as a child Really truly quite a bit

My father had stomach ulcers Now that I have grown from hating him to being indifferent I wonder



Brandt Maina | RIOA wa RIOE, detail of This is une Nike, Babushka, No. 4/24 from Prophetic Charcoal Dreams (September 2022)

12 x 16

charcoal, ink on paper


Wow

Is dad anxious? Dad? Dada Goo goo Laddie MoMa

The doors of the Olympus shall open and Phaeton shall plead with his Father for his share of the Sun He will be anointed with cute little cows Precious little cows everywhere Don’t we just love queer boys with Saliva complex Amen Yeeck, I’m uncomfy

Let us save a slip into this Freudian cesspool for another waste of toime

Brandt Maina | RIOA wa RIOE, Kenyan born 1997, I AM grateful for Life and all of its Playfulness, from I AM, I AM (November 2022)

12 x 16

oil pastel, ink on paper

If you can hold onto yourself

while the Chef’s Kitchen of pointillist thoughts is brushed onto you cerebral igneous plate Your will achieve Nivea Remember to Forget I remember when I started using lotion instead of petroleum jelly to moisturize my skin

December 2007

There I was

About ten years old A small white building with a red shingle roof

Shangalanga langa langalala Thin metal stings rattling in the wind

Strings singing a colonial residue into Sacred Hills The green and deep red hills of Dagoretti were sliced open by the snake that threw up white butterflies

Up the hill down the sill

I returned home to my mother, the swimming teacher, announcing that I would be attending an American school next year

Expansion and excelleration

Coach M. had done it again The smell of Nivea for Men is imprinted into the shift that rifted the Great Valley

Dark Navy Blue Bottle

Tears of a boy confessing that he has been lying about being ill to miss multiple days of Kenyan school each year Fear of punishment despite doing my best gave me anxiety There is a hell where children try their best every day and still get a betting Apparently that’s... that’s a trauma

Jill Bill Philemon Come along, my fresh little axolotl

My mother just sat there and watched in utter confusion What to do with my teary honest child I wonder if her husband was anxious

She must know





Remember to Forget Jan 2008

A post-colonial country continues to tear Post Election Violence The people outside are macheteeing each other to death by the the hundreds Hello? People burning each other in car tires filled with gasoline Moshi moshi? 저 연기야? Are we really surprised that my brain turned into changaa na mai ma maitho nĩ bura?

Brandt Maina | RIOA wa RIOE, kiss my face, cold-presssed olive oil soap (Nov 25 2022 10:59pm)

4032 x 3024

digital photograph,





A distant train station Perhaps, I think my uncle was in a cult Mungiki I don’t know what that means Many Multitudes Mi papa was a c— We’ll get to that later

Brandt Maina | RIOA wa RIOE, kiss my face, cold-presssed olive oil soap (Nov 25 2022 10:59pm)

4032 x 3024

digital photograph,



You know what they say,

As sure as day, The cow must taste it’s own milk Paka Paka

Paka

Paka Paka Paka usiogope

Shika Paka Power!

In Conclusion, If you hold on to yourself and breathe into your self slowly, every day If you hold on to yourself and breathe peace in your self slowly, every day If you hold onto yourself as you breath Life into your cells slowly, every day If you Hold onto your cells as you breath Light into your Shells slowly, every day

Radiate into Old Age Shosho na guka I had a dream about my last grandfather several mornings ago I wonder if I’ll ever get to see him again

Remember to forget





Brandt Maina | RIOA wa RIOE, Kenyan born 1997, This is une Nike, Babushka, No. 4/24 from Prophetic Charcoal Dreams (September 2022)

12 x 16

charcoal, ink on paper





Brandt Maina | RIOA wa RIOE, Post-It Note #38 (2021)

3x3 in

oil pastel, ink on water damaged post-it note




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When that Gay Gays, He Theys, a short scene by Brandt Maina | RIOA wa RIOE

1. INT. A SMALL MINDcontorol STUDIO IN KAREN, KENYA - EARLY SUNSET .1

A crowded room soaked in Mama Africa’s golden sunlight. Tents energetically stomp through their musical theatre dance. It smells like something

RIGHT TITI:


“OHMYGOD yea! I’m like obsessed with her. Like I’m such a Kate's Boosh stan. Like I would snort her dandruff and hope I catch something….no,no,no,no like I know... I know that like a lot, but like I’m truly committed to doing it because it’ssssss Kait Busch. Like... she's an angel of our time. And she's legit older than Days of Our Lives. No, she’s like literally an icon, a vibe and a moment.”

LEFT TITI:

(like a bro)


“No, yea, she’s giving. She’s tots giving.”


Fade into Shark Tank: Bank Loan


END.





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CURATION: A RIOA wa RIOE Creation


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