Originally from Kenya, stories played a big impact in MaiWa's upbringing; they were a form of entertainment during and after dinner and a reliable method of communication in bringing people together and creating spaces where everyone was equal regardless of their age, wealth and health. Her work integrates photography and text, and explore themes of stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination. 

Currently MaiWa works at Ffotogallery Wales as a Creative Producer and in her spare time, she works on her ongoing project "If This Is A Human: a great curiosity" - about albinism.


Exhibitions

2021 PhMuseum Still We Rise Online Exhibition 

2021 Many Voices, One Nation 2, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales.

2019 Where On Earth, Cardiff, Wales.

2018 National Museum of Wales - Black History Month, Cardiff Wales.

2018 5th Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography, Barcelona, Spain.

Awards/Commissions

2021 Firecracker Grant Winner

2021 FORMAT Portfolio Review Bursary

2021 Shortlisted for the Leica x 1854 Commission, Witness of: Individuality.

2021 Fellow and Recipient of Days Ahead (Siku Za Mbele) Project

2018 Recipient of The Reginald Salisbury Fund Travel Award

Workshops

2019 Youth Heritage Leader: Co-curator at National Museum Wales, Cardiff, Wales.

2017 Photography Workshops - Welsh Refugee Council, Cardiff, Wales.

Membership

World Press Photo's African Photojournalism Database (APJD)

Education

2019 MA Documentary Photography (University of South Wales)

2017 BA Psychology with Criminology (University of Winchester)

Using Format