Arlene Wandera was born in Nairobi and moved to London as a child.
She holds a BA in Fine Art from The Slade School of Fine Art, London and works with multiple mediums, including sculpture, installation, performance and image making, mainly constructed using common, discarded and forgotten materials.
Her work is driven by her experiences, exploring her childhood memories, complex social interactions and notions of identity. The antagonism between Wandera’s heritage and present also informs much of her production process, woven into subtle and poignant narratives.
Arlene has shown her work nationally and internationally, represented Kenya at the 57th Venice Biennale and Dak’Art 11th Biennale of Contemporary African Art where she was selected as one of the 10 artists to watch.
Her sculptures have also featured at 1-54 Art Fair London, AKAA fair Paris, Royal West Academy Bristol and she recently received the Arts Council England Research and Development grant for Duck & Rabbit Projects in Johannesburg.