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'The Chapa' Edition

(Part of the ‘Am I African Enough?’ Collection)​

As a part of the collection, this edition consists of works that seek to question my own understanding and acceptance of African imagery. What truly makes an image feel African to me? And during my exploration of this topic, I realised how subconsciously, the use of prints has become a lazy representation of a people that are more than just prints and patterns.
 
(The ‘Am I African Enough?’ Collection? is a series of works where I question my African Identity as a born and bred Kenyan currently living in Germany. What is this “Africaness” I identify as? What truly makes me Kenyan? What makes me African enough?)
 
Details: Mixed-media
Chapa 1 (Image used: Queen Dowager Rosalie Gicanda (1928-20 April 1994) was the wife of Rwandan King (Kinyarandwa: Miami) Mutari III Rudahigwa)
Chapa 1 (Image used: Queen Dowager Rosalie Gicanda (1928-20 April 1994) was the wife of Rwandan King (Kinyarandwa: Miami) Mutari III Rudahigwa)
Chapa 2 (Image used: Nasara, one of the wives of Avenge with typical fan-shaped style of the Zande Democratic Republic of Congo)
Chapa 2 (Image used: Nasara, one of the wives of Avenge with typical fan-shaped style of the Zande Democratic Republic of Congo)
Chapa 3 (Image used: Ukuanyama woman, South West Africa (now Namibia) )
Chapa 3 (Image used: Ukuanyama woman, South West Africa (now Namibia) )
Chapa 4 (Image used: Young Swahili girl from Zanzibar)
Chapa 4 (Image used: Young Swahili girl from Zanzibar)
Chapa 5 (Image used: Woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo)
Chapa 5 (Image used: Woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo)
Chapa 6 (Image used: Queen Dowager Rosalie Gicanda (1928-20 April 1994) was the wife of Rwandan King (Kinyarandwa: Miami) Mutari III Rudahigwa)
Chapa 6 (Image used: Queen Dowager Rosalie Gicanda (1928-20 April 1994) was the wife of Rwandan King (Kinyarandwa: Miami) Mutari III Rudahigwa)
Chapa 7 (Image used: Nasara, one of the wives of Avenge with typical fan-shaped style of the Zande Democratic Republic of Congo)
Chapa 7 (Image used: Nasara, one of the wives of Avenge with typical fan-shaped style of the Zande Democratic Republic of Congo)
Chapa 8 (Image used: Young Swahili girl from Zanzibar)
Chapa 8 (Image used: Young Swahili girl from Zanzibar)
Chapa 9 (Image used: Ukuanyama woman, South West Africa (now Namibia))
Chapa 9 (Image used: Ukuanyama woman, South West Africa (now Namibia))
Chapa 10 (Image used: Woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo)
Chapa 10 (Image used: Woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo)

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