Wambui Wamae Kamiru Collymore

Nairobi, Kenya



June 2008      MSc. African Studies   University of Oxford, Oxford – UK



Collaborative Projects/ Public Art

March 1st – 5th 2019 – Pray for us as we reply, forward, delete or archive. Series II in the Daily Nation Newspaper Obituary Section

August 2017 – Harambee63 Series VI “Who are you voting for?” in Kawangware, Korogocho, Mathare, Kibera, CBD

2013 – 2016 Who I Am, Who We Are: A Public Art Project about the Kenyan Identity, Nairobi, Kisumu, Isiolo, Lamu and Nyeri – Kenya (with Xavier Verhoest)

Group Exhibitions

2022 (Upcoming September) Wakariru Series II – Atumia Ngatha, “The Breathe of the Ancestors” Congo Biennale , Kinshasa – Congo

2021            There Eyes Were Watching, A Show with Lisa Milroy, One – Off Gallery, Nairobi – Kenya

2020           Home  is Where His Clothes Are. :Rapid Response Restitution, Home Museum, An Initiative by LagosPhoto20, Lagos Photo Festival, Lagos – Nigeria and Online here: Rapid Response Restitution, LagosPhoto20

2020           Hello Rajiv – Virtual Photography 20:20, One-Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi – Kenya and Online here: Hi Rajiv

2018               Mashakura: Kikulacho – Remains, Waste & Metonymy III Sensing Nairobi, British Institute of East Africa, Nairobi – Kenya

2018               Pray For Us As We Reply, Delete or Archive: New Threads, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi – Kenya

2017               Akili Ni Nywele: Remains, Waste & Metonymy II Sensing Nairobi, British Institute of East Africa, Nairobi – Kenya and The National Museum of Kenya

2016               Your Name Betrays You, 2016 Mediations Biennale, Poznan, Poland

2016               Your Name Betrays You, ErrorX, Ostrale, Dresden, Germany

2016               Harambee63, ErrorX, Ostrale, Dresden, Germany

2016               Harambee63, When Things Fall Apart, Trapholt Museum of Modern Art, South Jutland – Denmark

2015               ForeCast, “Tree,” Goethe Institute, Nairobi – Kenya

2015               I Move Out. Tomorrow., Concerning the Internal, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi – Kenya

2015               Suitcase Commodity Cash on Delivery (COD), Sarakasi Trust, British Institute of East    Africa, GoDown Arts Centre, Nairobi – Kenya

2015               Your Name Betrays You, United States Embassy Residence, Nairobi, Kenya

2015               Harambee63, National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi – Kenya

2015               Between A Rock And A…, CitiBank, Nairobi – Kenya

2014               Net, Kuona Trust Gallery, Nairobi – Kenya

2014               Coffee Conversations, Manjano, Village Market Gallery, Nairobi – Kenya

2011               Double Vision, Kifaru House and Karen Country Lodge, Nairobi – Kenya

Solo Exhibitions

2022               All My Venus Days – Tira Studio, Nairobi Kenya (in collaboration with Goethe Institute – Kenya and The Art Space).

2021                Akili Ni Nywele Series II, One – Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi – Kenya

2019               Wakariru, One – Off Contemporary Art Gallery Pop-Up Space, Nairobi – Kenya

2015               Your Name Betrays You, Kuona Trust Gallery, Nairobi – Kenya

2013               Harambee63, Kuona Trust Gallery, Nairobi – Kenya


Fellowships/ Advisory Positions

2022 – Present Board Member – Afreximbank Art Programme Working Group

2021 – Present Advisory Board MemberAssociation for Visual Artists and Collectives (AVAC), Nairobi Kenya

2020    Resident – De/Archive East Africa Residency, Center for Arts, Design + Social Research, Nairobi, Kenya

2017    FellowSalzburg Global Seminar, Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators IV, Salzburg, Austria

2016    Summer Academy FellowSommerakademie im Zentrum Paul Klee – Bern, Switzerland

2016/2017    Advisory Member – Sasa Nairobi Program Planning Consortium – Goethe Institute, Nairobi – Kenya



  • Memory Activism: Collaborative Processes of Counter-Memorialization – Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), Halifax – Canada


  • Art and Agency: Documenting history and catalyzing rethought in society: The Art of Political Contention – School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London – United Kingdom


  • Healing Hurts: Aesthetic and archival practices addressing traumatizing pasts.
    Future African Visions in Time (FAVT) -Iwalewahaus – University of Bayreuth, Goethe Institute, British Institute and the Kenya National Museum, Nairobi – Kenya
  • Why are pigs pink?: Remaining curious in order to create.
    Creative Curiosity Sessions
    Scangroup Advertising Agency, Nairobi – Kenya
  • What does it means to be an “African” artist?
    University of Nairobi – Kenya
  • On the Action of “Active Waiting” – Walk Your Talk Speaker Series
    Amani Institute, 5 Year Anniversary Celebrations


  • What does it mean to be an artist?
    Kenyatta University Culture Week (2016)
    Kenyatta University, Nairobi – Kenya


  • Who I Am, Who We Are: What Is The Kenyan Identity?
    Somali Heritage Week
    Kenya National Museum, Nairobi – Kenya
  • Art And Social Activism
    Haart Conference, Nairobi – Kenya
  • African Contemporary Art: Women Artists In Africa
    University Of Wits, Johannesburg – South Africa


  • Who I Am, Who We Are: Mapping The Kenyan Identity
    Kenya Arts Fair 2014, Nairobi – Kenya.
  • Toward An Inclusive Society, Who I Am, Who We Are
    University Of Nairobi, Nairobi – Kenya


Goethe Institute, Nairobi Kenya

Private Collection, Nairobi – Kenya

Private Collection, Bonn – Germany

Private Collection, Bern – Switzerland

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