Thandiwe Muriu creates surreal illusions, blending unique fabrics and cultural practices.
Thandiwe Muriu's work creates surreal photographic illusions that aren't the result of digital blending. In a blend of unique fabrics and cultural practices, the artist deals with identity issues and the redefinition of female empathy in the contemporary context by combining African textures and everyday objects. She re-imagines portraits reflective of Kenyan daily life, adorning her subjects with bold accessories in a deliberate and welcome redefinition of beauty from an African perspective. Working with African wax prints - a symbol of the fabric introduced in the 19th century by Dutch merchants of Indonesian origin - Muriu photographs her subjects by blending them with their surroundings.
A colourful and thoughtful work that, through camouflage, brings out faces from the fabrics, reflecting on the concept of forced withdrawal in the private sphere, thus presenting a new and bold vision of the African woman and her empowerment.
Born and raised in Kenya, Thandiwe Muriu discovered photography as a teenager and became self-taught. Within a few years, she found commercial success as a photographer, developing her unique voice in Fine Art and eventually collaborating with the 193 Gallery in Paris. Her work has been exhibited at international festivals and has appeared in publications, such as the British Journal of Photography.