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Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu

Born in 1972, In Kenya 

Originally from Kenya, Wangechi Mutu completed her education in Wales and went on to study in the United States. 

She now splits her time between her native country and the United States. Animal, plant and human kingdoms intertwine in her collages and watercolours, bringing forth phantasmagorical creatures through which Mutu invents a modern-day mythology—a post-colonial, environmentalist and feminist Olympus. Mutu’s body of work deals with the black female body, an object of desire and violence, and a space into which racial archetypes are projected. But by way of this body, she addresses humanity. “My personal belief is that deep inside, all humans know that our ancestors were black Africans. The connection to Africa is obvious, even if it is an instinctual, intuitive awareness,” she says.

Selected Bibliography

Ballard, Thea, "Deep Explorer : Wangechi Mutu Dives into Aquatic Mythology", Modern Painters, vol. 26, n° 9, p. 56-61, octobre 2014, 6 p.

Bélisle, Josée. Wangechi Mutu [exposition, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, du 2 février au 22 avril 2012], 2012.

Cash, Stephanie, "Wangechi Mutu : Terrible Beauty", Art in America, p. 120-129, mai 2010, 10 p.

Weck, Pierre de ; Friedhelm, Hütte ; Enwezor, Okwui... [et al.]. Wangechi Mutu : artist of the year 2010 ; my dirty little heaven ; [anlässlich der Ausstellung im Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, "Wangechi Mutu. My Dirty Little Heaven", 30. April bis 13. Juni 2010]. Ostfildern : Hatje Cantz, 2010. (Deutsche Bank art works).

Brielmaier, Isolde, "Wangechi Mutu : Re-Imagining the World", Parkett, n° 74, p. 6-9, septembre 2005, 4 p.

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