to celebrate we feature the work of a great Kenyan artist James Njoroge from his “Mwanamke ni effort” series (roughly translating to it takes a lot of effort being a woman or the more succinct “woman IS effort”)
James Njoroge aka Kimoshire
Style: Realist/ Digital Art
Fun Fact: I am a fine art student in Kenyatta University. I love doing illustrations and playing around with design software.
1. Haki (Right)
3. Chama (association)
4. What it feels like to be a girl
5. Mama Soko (market Woman)
6. Nywele (hair)
7. Mother Makmende (SuperMom)
8. Ndio Sababu Hajanichoka (It’s Why She’s not tired of me)
“Navigating in all white spaces for most of my adolescence there was always an eerie push to suppress identities that would force me to standout. Sometimes I did this intentionally and other times unconsciously.
As I got older I realized there was a certain power in being ‘different’. I have access to a culture and community that the majority of my peers didn’t. Starting in university I started to embrace all facets of who I am because that’s what I need to survive. I realized running from who I am won’t get me anywhere. I have big plans for my future and in order for me to reach my full potential I need all of me at the finish line not just the pieces that white society can stomach.”
- Taib (Queer Ethiopian-Kenyan, He/Him)
Read Taib’s Full Interview + View their Full Shoot: Here
About Limit(less): Limit(less) is a photography project by Mikael Owunna (@owning-my-truth) documenting the fashion and style of LGBTQ African Immigrants (1st and 2nd generation) in diaspora. The project seeks to visually deconstruct the colonial binary which states that one cannot be both LGBTQ and African. #LimitlessAfricans
Fun Fact: Anthony Wakaba Mutheki has taken the South African Art scene by storm. Simply known as ‘Tony’ he was born in Nakuru, Kenya in 1973, he began drawing and painting at a young age, like most children in Africa.
Quote: It is fascinating that an artist, who was living in a shelter in Johannesburg as little as 10 years ago, has become such an international success.
“Its interesting how static objects, solid in form and even those made up of seemingly durable materials such as silver or gold are constantly sending out different signals in relation to the environment or time in which they exist or sometimes what angle the viewer is seeing or experiencing them from.”