The triangular eyewear of Camo 1, the first of Thandiwe Muriu’s powerful African series, all started with an observation of her daily life. Every day on the way to school she would see the gifted roadside artisans and informal entrepreneurs crafting furinture, sculpures and metal fabrication that are used across the country in all Kenyan homes. These informal artists, working under the fierce equitorial sun without any formal shop structure, are known as Jua Kali handymen. They are known for their innovative ideas to solve any metal fabrication needs- be it a broken table, burst pipe or in the Artists case, triangular high fashion eyewear. A Jua Kali handyman is a mixture of an innovator, artist and problem solver, smiling and ready for the next challenge despite the heat of a long work day.

Photography, 2015

Jet Ink Print of FineArt RAG+ Matt 310g mounted on aluminium dibond in black pre-made float frame


Camo-01 Thandiwe Muriu Low Res