kenyan artist and sculptor wangechi mutu’s new exhibit makes the mythical majestic

January 27, 2017

Wangechi Mutu is a genius and it’s never been more apparent than in her new exhibit at Gladstone Gallery “Ndoro Na Miti.” The Kenyan-born, Brooklyn-based artist and sculptor is most well known for her collages of hybrid forms from folklore, pop culture and art history, she’s pushing boundaries in her work to offer inquiry into the relationship between humanity and the natural world. Transforming the gallery space into an experiential space, using dirt and brush to create a completely new world in an array of remarkable physicality. From Gladstone’s description, “she mobilizes the earth as a continuation of her own complex intersectional identity and artistic query. Adding gravity to these roughhewn totems, each invokes the psychic and social struggle for control over bodies through capitalism, the fetish, and disease. Seating of grey blankets grounds the installation, inviting audiences “to enter a place and re-think themselves.” This rethinking allows one to consider not only the art that surrounds them, but their place in the universe which we all share, how white supremacy, xenophobia, and violence manifests in our society, and what our individual and collective roles in challenging those structures are. Visit “Ndoro Na Miti” at Gladstone Gallery today!

By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor