“The pillar of the world is hope.”

African Proverb 

Camo 15 is an image with meaning on multiple levels.

Firstly, the print is reminiscent of the old logo for the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) and the childhood cartoons The Artist would watch on Saturday mornings. Started in 1928, KBC is still watched by many today and helped the nation respond to COVID-19.

Secondly, Thandiwe Muriu gives her own tribute on how COVID-19 has changed our world by giving the model a spiky, virus-like hairdo, yet also bright and playful in her signature style through the yellow and green goggles for her eyewear. These goggles are made from plastic sieves known as ‘Kichungi’ in Swahili, or ‘filter’ in English. They are iconic across Kenya to sieve tea leaves to make a good, hot cup of tea.

At its core, the message of Camo 15 is that despite COVID-19, we still have hope and resilience, encouraged by little comforts of daily life that make all the difference.

Photography, 2021

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