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Lydia Waithira Muthuma is a lecturer in Visual Arts at the Technical University of Kenya and the current chair of UNESCO’s National Committee for Memory of the World. She curated the exhibition Changing Perspectives: Nairobi past and present, a photographic story hosted by Bristol Archives and National Museums of Kenya in June-September 2019. Through aesthetic critique, art history, and analysis of spatial politics and visual culture, her work examines the built environment in Kenya in order to ascertain whom it belongs to and how this identity has been manifested. Dr. Muthuma’s current research interests are the historiography of contemporary art in Eastern Africa and the conservation of public monuments as a tool for building collective identity in Nairobi.