Wangechi Mutu

Mai 25, 2013


Wangechi Mutu “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” as MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent says.

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 said: “My work starts with a search for the black female body and how it is represented through popular media. I look at where women are placed culturally and psychologically—how we value and devalue them—and I aim to stretch my own ideas about appropriate ways to depict the body through my art. Criticism, curiosity and voyeurism lead me along, as I often look at things I find hard to view, things that may be distasteful or unethical.”

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

May 23 – August 14, 2013
140 George Street
The Rocks
Sydney, NSW 2000