Born in Nairobi in 1980, Peterson Kamwathi belongs to a generation of young East African artists who break with the canon of traditional art. With his symbolically charged works, he traces contemporary global, social, political and personal themes.

His works often deal with the theme of involuntary migration, about which he himself says:

'Migratory flows have been a fundamental process regarding the structure and nature of any society since always.' The clash of different cultures contributed to many of the advances that continually opened up new perspectives for humanity. Inevitably, this was not a simple matter and numerous adjustments were necessary.

Human migration represents a complex phenomenon, but its primary basis remains the human desire to know and experience the unknown. At heart, we remain a restless species. In recent years, we have witnessed the spectacle and tragedy of human migration towards Northern and Western Europe.

In my work, I examine the dislocations of those people who became members of an involuntary migration. Forced mass movements have been a fixed part of media coverage for several years.

One of the most visible spectacles of these mass movements is the image of people huddled together in a state of waiting. In this group of works, I began by attempting to define what motivates people to undertake dangerous journeys into the unknown. 'Constellation' represents the atmosphere of collective and individual hopes, 'Sediments' symbolises the many layers that form the difficult realities of Change. Constellations can be hopes, the dreams of a better future and personal ambitions. Sediments are the past of an individual person, the history of the society they come from and their position in it, as well as limitations related to the satisfaction of basic human needs. Dreams and aspirations are always in flux.'