WoMen, Fraulein, Damsel & Me & Domestic Violence
Installation Space, Rahimtulla Museum of Modern Art, Nairobi, Kenya
WoMen, Fraulein, Damsel & Me & Domestic Violence
Installation Space, Rahimtulla Museum of Modern Art, Nairobi, Kenya
WoMen, Fraulein, Damsel & Me & Domestic Violence
Installation Space, Rahimtulla Museum of Modern Art, Nairobi, Kenya
The fracture project
The fracture project
The fracture project

Miriam Syowia Kyambi 

 

Miriam is interested in exploring her personal

relationship to cultural ideas using art. Her themes

relate to social issues based on identity, intertwining

the use of public and personal histories. The concept

of loss remains a recurring theme.

 

Miriam Syowia Kyambi (1979) was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. She

graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute  of Chicago in the United States of America where she resided for five

years from 1998, returning to Kenya in 2003.

 

Miriam tends to include autobiographical scenes, which are mostly displayed in series of works or installation projects. As history repeats, so Miriam’s work repeatedly wraps, ties and braids. The multiple layers of identity recur as similar layers, hidden in the symbols and the fabric of her multimedia approach.

 

As much as Miriam sees repetition in history she acknowledges repetition also in space through her study of divergent cultures. She is deeply aware of the effects

of societies on the individual and the failings of human nature. The themes of

history, identity and cultural heritage continue to feature in her work as she

develops traditional knowledge in a contemporary approach.

 

In the past ten years Miriam's works have travelled to several local and

international exhibitions and were recognized by the UNESCO Promotion of Arts award hosted in Bamako, Mali in 2004. Her work is part of the Africa collection at

the Kouvola Art Museum in Finland. She was featured at the Fair Bruneaf in Brussels in 2012.