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Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey



Wangechi Mutu (Kenyan, b. 1972). <EM>Le Noble Savage</EM>, 2006Ink and collage on Mylar, 91¾ x 54 in. (233 x 137.2 cm). Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Scarsdale, New YorkImage courtesy of the artist© Wangechi Mutu
Wangechi Mutu (Kenyan, b. 1972). Le Noble Savage, 2006
Ink and collage on Mylar, 91¾ x 54 in. (233 x 137.2 cm). Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, Scarsdale, New York
Image courtesy of the artist
© Wangechi Mutu
Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey
UNITED STATES
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK  •  Brooklyn, Museum  •  11 October 2013 - 9 March 2014
 
Wangechi Mutu, who was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1972,  was the first winner in Deutsche Bank's "Artist of the Year" programme. Following major shows in Europe, Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey is the first survey in the United States of the Brooklyn-based artist.

Mutu scrutinizes globalization by combining found materials, magazine cutouts, sculpture, and painted imagery. Sampling such diverse sources as African traditions, international politics, the fashion industry, pornography, and science fiction, her work explores gender, race, war, colonialism, global consumption, and the exoticization of the black female body. Mutu is best known for spectacular and provocative collages depicting female figures—part human, animal, plant, and machine—in fantastical landscapes that are simultaneously unnerving and alluring, defying easy categorization and identification. Bringing her interconnected ecosystems to life for this exhibition through sculptural installations and videos, Mutu encourages audiences to consider these mythical worlds as places for cultural, psychological, and socio-political exploration and transformation. 

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