A Hair-raising African Project

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Jacqui in Nairobi. Pictures: Mutua Matheka
Jacqui in Nairobi. Pictures: Mutua Matheka


When Nairobi-based painter, sculptor and photographer Mutua Matheka was a child, he looked forward to the day he’d be able to go to the barbershop, point to one of the illustrations of various haircuts and choose one that best expressed himself.

But every time he went to the kinyozi (barbershop in Swahili), he’d tell the barber what he wanted and, no matter what and without a sound, the barber would give him the same chiskop every single time.

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