Your Name Betrays You

An installation by Wambui Kamiru that looks at ethnicity and the way names were used by missionaries and colonial powers to “classify” the people under their control and then to divide and rule them.

It also looks at how the system was continued in post-colonial times. The Invention of Tradition by Terence Ranger on the creation of tradition in Africa is used as a key text.

Kamiru is a self-taught conceptual artist who explores themes of colonialism, independence and personal identity. Kamiru also works with acrylics on canvas and newsprint. She lives in Nairobi and has an MSc in African Studies from Oxford University.

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Your Name Betrays You

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