Wangechi Mutu

Aug 17, 2012

Baden-Baden

Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden currently presents This Undreamt Descent – artworks of Wangechi Mutu. The collages, installations and videos of the New York-based artist are inhabited by strange, hybrid creatures, which are assembled of body and machine parts, hides and plants. She combines low-cost utensils such as rescue blankets, plastic bowls and bottles, which evoke such ambivalent feelings as cosiness or exposedness and disaster. The artist uses such signs, that have been reproduced a thousand times on the opaque surface of the illusionary media spheres, and she reconfigures them to new, auratic and, at times, disturbing collages. The outcome of such revisions draws the attention of the viewer on the corporeal violation of the female (black) body and its media representations.

Although her visual grammar and the material implementation repeatedly refer to her African origin, Wangechi Mutu is not a typical African artist. Rather than that her artistic approach signifies the impossibility of such straight forward attributions in a globalized world. Cultural identities are no longer simply determined by geographical origin, but they exist as hybrid constructs in a transitory space. The patchwork of her imagery is defined by pairs of contrast: profane and religious, brute and beautiful, poor and abundant.

Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden

July 14th – September 30th, 2012
Lichtentaler Allee 8a
76530 Baden-Baden
Germany

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