Wangechi Mutu


Wangechi Mutu: Moth Collection, 2010; porcelain, chalk, leather, feathers, paint, paper; dimensions variable, Sender Collection, New York; image courtesy and © of the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels
Until August 14, 2013

Exhibition in Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Sydney, NSW Australia.
Here, major installations are presented alongside collages and video works, encompassing the last 10 years of Mutu's career. The artist blends elements of humour, pathos, and sexuality in often surprising ways. Themes include human desire, conquest, empire building, and alienation, expressed through and extending beyond the body's limits. Mutu draws on her experience as an African woman and migrant, creating sumptuous, layered works such as collages that incorporate image fragments cut from high fashion, hunting, and motorcycle magazines as well as ethnographic journals and pornography. Mutu's work starts with a search for the black female body and how it is represented through popular media.