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The project tackles the complexities of nationality, authenticity, documentation, and borders created in Africa by looking at the migrant Indian population in East Africa that settled in the 1890s. As a Kenyan who often traveled around the world – paper is used as a central device to discuss topics around legitimacy and as material used for validation. During the paper making 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 poetic metaphor used to trigger questioning around the notions of authenticity, nationality, borders, colonialism and history.

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