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Vibrant Textiles and Repurposed Eyewear Camouflage the Subjects of Thandiwe Muriu's Celebratory Portraiture

13 days ago   |   By Colossal

All images © Thandiwe Muriu, shared with permission
From chunky hair beads and rollers to sink strainers and brake pedals, Nairobi-based photographer Thandiwe Muriu finds fashionable use for ordinary objects. Worn as glasses that obscure a subject's identity, the repurposed items add cultural flair to Muriu's vibrant portraits and are connected to both her background and Kenyan life, more broadly. Red fringe evokes the tassel that hung from her uncle's Toyota Corolla, which transported the artist home from school each day, while the orange plastic drain catcher references the joy found in...
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