The project tackles the complexities of nationality, authenticity, documentation, and borders created in Africa by looking at the migrant population in East Africa. As a Kenyan who often traveled around the world – paper is used as a central device to discuss topics around legitimacy and as the material used for validation. During the papermaking process, the paper was embedded with photos, patterns, thread, and quotations from ID documents used during colonial and post-independence Kenya. Papermaking involves filtration of the pulp from the water and therefore mirrors how documents are used in border separation. A metaphor used to trigger questioning around the notions of authenticity, nationality, borders, colonialism, and history.

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