Wangechi Mutu: Nguva Na Nyoka

Wangechi Mutu: Nguva Na Nyoka
Library Shelf Location 18.MUTU
Publication Date 2015

Published on the occasion of the exhibition Wangechi Mutu Nguva na Nyoka, 14 October - 19 December 2014, at Victoria Miro, 16 Wharf Road, London N1 7RW.

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, educated in Britain and America and resident in New York since the mid-nineties, Wangechi Mutu's work has often seemed to bear the gaze of a perpetual outsider, simultaneously drawn to and repulsed by the discovery of another fresh outrage in the lands in which she travels. Much of Mutu's work to date has been concerned with the myriad forms of violence and misrepresentation visited upon women, especially black women, in the contemporary world. Her paintings and collages often feature writhing female forms, their skin an eruption of buboes, mutant appendices like gun shafts or machine gears sprouting from the sockets of joints, their bodies half human, half hyena. They offer a glimpse at the perversions of the body and the mind wrought by forces active in the oppression of women. Mutu commonly works on paper or Mylar polyester film. Manipulating ink and acrylic paint into pools of colour she carefully applies to her surfaces imagery sampled from disparate sources- Vogue, National Geographic, hunting, motorbike and porn magazines. The resulting works are a rebuke to the conventions of aesthetics and ethnography and eroticism that underpin such publications, offering instead an existence that is riotously free of biological determinism or psychological conditioning.

ISBN 9780992709266
Quantity 1
Pages 60
Authors Adrienne Edwards, Binyavanga Wainaina
Format Hardback
Related Artist Wangechi Mutu
Categories Collage, Artist (relating to a single artist/collaborative team), Sculpture, Film and Artists' Moving Image
Keywords Women, Race (concept), Mythology
Artist's Nationality Kenyan
Language English

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