About the Project

“Who I Am, Who We Are” is a project about the idea of nationhood and how this is embodied through our sense of identity and our everyday interactions. It is a concept animated by the notion that today’s world reflects a reality both multiple and unique. Nowhere is this idea truer than here, in Kenya, at 50.

The project will act as a catalyst for reflection and contribution to the conversation/debate on the path taken by Kenya since 1963 into the future, where each person has an individual responsibility to building Kenya.

Who I Am, Who We Are” is a process based project that interrogates the interactions, which we have with others and public spaces and how these affect our sense of identity.

By creating adequate spaces in different venues in Kenya using diverse expressive tools such as Body Mapping (process and sharing with the public) and a public art intervention called ‘ In a Silent Room’,  the project will bring about conversations and encourage the public to reflect on important issues. These include, memory, identity, aspiration, change, diversity,  at a time where we commemorate 50 years of Independence. The audio and visual material gathered during these projects will be the base of research on identity and will form part of  publications documenting this project.

We have spoken to over 1500 people in the Silent Room and have collected around 80 body maps (life size paintings created by Kenyans, many of whom are not artists).
Through the months of January and February, you can see a collection of body maps at the Nairobi National Museum. The exhibition runs from 4th December 2015 – 27th January 2016.

There will also be a photography and sound installation of the project at the Goethe Institute from  Thursday 14th January –  Friday 22nd January 2016.

In 2016, we will also launch the Who I Am, Who We Are Photography Book. Please let us know if you would like a copy by getting in touch with us on: whoweareKE@gmail.com

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