Wambui Kamiru is a self-taught conceptual artist who works with installations.
Her recently completed installation #Harambee63 (2013) is an experimental art exhibition around the theme of colonialism and independence in Africa. It has been shown both in Kenya (2013) and South Africa (2014).
Wambui is currently working with another artist, Xavier Verhoest on a public art installation, “Who I Am, Who We Are” about the Kenyan identity and ideas of nationalism – past, present and future, at 50 years of independence. The project is traveling across Kenya to collect the opinions of ordinary Kenyans on what it means to be Kenyan.
Outreach projects that Wambui has been involved in include the Pumwani Art Project: A Beautiful Delivery which brought contemporary art to the hospital walls of East Africa’s largest maternity hospital.
Apart from installations, Wambui also paints about her observations on life, politics and love; topics of great passion. A mixed media artist, her main medium is acrylic on canvas with newspaper print, with recent pieces incorporating copper wire. Her work can be found here: https://www.wambuikamiru.
The artist who lives in Nairobi, Kenya, holds an MSc. in African Studies with a focus on Kenyan History from the University of Oxford.