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'The Leso' Edition

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

As a part of the collection, this edition consists of works that depict the relationship between fashion (the leso fabric worn by the people of East Africa), language (through the artist’s traditional dialect of Luhya that she uses to portray questions she has about her “Africanness”) and religion (specifically Christianity depicted through the geometric stained glass effect).
 
(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
Leso 1 (Luhya text: Where are we going?) Image used: Nasara, one of the wives of Avenge with typical fan-shaped style of the Zande Democratic Republic of Congo
Leso 1 (Luhya text: Where are we going?) Image used: Nasara, one of the wives of Avenge with typical fan-shaped style of the Zande Democratic Republic of Congo
Leso 2 (Luhya text: Where are we going?) Image used: Ukuanyama woman, South West Africa (now Namibia) 
Leso 2 (Luhya text: Where are we going?) Image used: Ukuanyama woman, South West Africa (now Namibia) 
Leso 3 (Luhya text: Who are we?) Image used: Woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo
Leso 3 (Luhya text: Who are we?) Image used: Woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo
Leso 4 (Luhya text: Where do we come from?) Image used: Young Swahili girl from Zanzibar
Leso 4 (Luhya text: Where do we come from?) Image used: Young Swahili girl from Zanzibar
Leso 5 (Luhya text: Who are we?) Image used: Mangbetu woman of Congo
Leso 5 (Luhya text: Who are we?) Image used: Mangbetu woman of Congo
Leso 6 (Luhya text: Where do we come from?) Image used: Queen Dowager Rosalie Gicanda (1928-20 April 1994) was the wife of Rwandan King (Kinyarandwa: Miami) Mutari III Rudahigwa
Leso 6 (Luhya text: Where do we come from?) Image used: Queen Dowager Rosalie Gicanda (1928-20 April 1994) was the wife of Rwandan King (Kinyarandwa: Miami) Mutari III Rudahigwa

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