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THE FUNKY FABRICS, ELABORATE HAIRSTYLES, AND IMPROVISED EYEWEAR ARE AN ATTRACTIVE AND WITTY CELEBRATION OF MURIU’S CULTURE. BUT THERE IS ALSO A CRITIQUE. MURIU SAYS THE SERIES IS “A LITTLE BIT OF A PERSONAL REFLECTION ON HOW I FELT I CAN DISAPPEAR INTO THE BACKGROUND OF MY CULTURE.” “MY EXPERIENCE AS A COMMERCIAL FEMALE PHOTOGRAPHER WAS REALIZING THAT VERY QUICKLY - BECAUSE OF THE CULTURAL CONTEXT - I CAN BE DISMISSED AND DISAPPEAR.” MURIU WENT INTO COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY, WHICH IN KENYA IS MALE-DOMINATED. “I’M SMALL, I LOOK VERY YOUNG AND SO OFTENTIMES THE BIGGEST THING I WOULD EXPERIENCE IS PEOPLE DISMISSING ME. I WOULD WALK ON TO SET AND PEOPLE WOULD TALK TO MY ASSISTANT WHO WAS MALE, ASSUMING HE WAS THE PHOTOGRAPHER RATHER THAN ME. I HAD TO LEARN TO BE BRAVE AND BOLD AND SAY: ‘HI, I’M IN CHARGE.’” *

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