(Part of the ‘Am I African Enough?’ Collection)
Kujificha 1: 2022, Mixed Media on Paper, 297 x 210 mm
Kujificha 2 (Rita and Seruya): 2023, Printed paper, coloured thread, cotton ‘African print’ facemask, 430 x 185 mm
(Kujificha: ‘Hiding oneself ‘in Swahili)
This series explores the masks that represent my personal experiences and emotions as a part of the African diaspora. Each piece aims to capture the complexity of my identity and expose the layers that hide my true self. Each mask symbolises the shield I use to protect myself from societal pressures, stereotypes and the challenges of representing my African heritage in a foreign country. It embodies both pride and vulnerability as I walk the line between assimilating and preserving my cultural roots. As I share the emotions and struggles of navigating multiple identities, I invite you to reflect on your own experiences and the masks you may wear in your life.
The ‘Am I African Enough? ‘ collection is a body of work in which I question my African identity as a born and bred Kenyan currently living in Germany. What is this ‘Africaness’ that I identify with? What makes me truly Kenyan? What makes me African enough?