Often times when we look at our ethnic divisions we say a political tool of domination called
Divide and Rule, coursed it very knew of us actually know how this tool was implemented and
and mastered in Kenya during and after colonial period.
The new exhibition at Kuonatrust YOUR NAME BETRAYS YOU AN ART INSTALLATION BY WAMBUI KAMIRU will explore the origin of ethnicity using current literature on the invention of
culture and traditio.
Key text point at tradition as a purposely created classification of Africa by missionaries and colonial
administration much in the same way the guidebook would be written for birds.
Your name Betrays you look critically at the words streotuypes we hold of the other its roots development and how we have made it apart of our lives its looks at the effect on our future society and creates dialogue around our present perception of ethnicism.
The project is founded upon, the invention of Tradition by Terence Ranger , a key text that looks
at the creation of tradition in Africa and the application of static characteristic of tradition and culture
and ultimately stereotypes that lead to ethnic ism
Wambui holds a MSc in African studies with a focus on Kenya history from the University of Oxford