Artist Wangechi Mutu in her Brooklyn studio, 2012. Photo by Kathryn Parker Almanas.
The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University has organized Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu’s first survey in the United States. The exhibition Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey runs from March 21st to July 21st 2013
Mutu’s work is internationally renowned for exploring sensitive issues like race, colourism, the eroticization of the black female body, colonialism, gender, war, consumerism and globalization. She creates ” mysterious figures pieced together with human, animal, machine and monster parts. She often combines found materials and magazine cutouts with sculpture and painted imagery, sampling from sources as diverse as African traditions, international politics, the fashion industry and science fiction.”
The animation/motion graphics sequence in this trailer is incredibly stunning and adds visual intrigue into a documentary detailing the harrowing subject of violence and corruption women face when entering the male dominated world of politics in Sierra Leone.