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Contemporary African Artists You Should Know | WideWalls
"Tracey Rose - The Self-Portraitist
El Anatsui - The Sewing Installation Master
Sokari Douglas Camp - The Art of the Ritual
Abdoulaye Konate - The Tapestry Artist
William Kentridge - A Rebel of Expressionism
Ibrahim el-Salahi - The Legend of African Modernism
Julie Mehretu - Creating Abstract Realities
Marlene Dumas - The Portraitist
Kudzanai Chiurai - The Zimbabwe Wonder
Faith47 - A South African Street Wonderer
Meschac Gaba - The Creator of the Museum of Contemporary African Art
Wangechi Mutu - Depicting Colonization and Gender Issues
Zanele Muholi - Supporting the African Queer Community
Ghada Amer - Questioning Femininity Stereotypes
Ato Malinda - The Prominent Performer"
art  artists  africa  traceyrose  elanatsui  atomalinda  ghadaamer  zanelemuholi  wangechimutu  meschacgaba  fait47  kudzanaichiurai  marlenedumas  juliemehretu  ibrahimel-salahi  williamkentridge  abdoulayeknate  sokaridouglascamp 
july 2017 by robertogreco
We Find Wildness
"Particularly interested in myths about gender and ethnicity that have long circulated in Africa and the West, WANGECHI MUTU has adopted the medium of collage — which by its nature evokes rupture and collision — to depict the monstrous, the exotic, and the feminine.

Manipulating ink and acrylic paint into pools of colour she carefully applies to her surfaces imagery sampled from disparate sources- Vogue, National Geographic, hunting, motorbike and porn magazines. The resulting works process mimics amputation, transplant operations and torturous prosthetics. Her figures become parody mutilations, their forms grotesquely marred through perverse modification, echoing the atrocities of war or self-inflicted improvements of plastic surgery.

She also uses materials which make reference to African identity and political strife: her dazzling black glitter is an abyss of western desire, which allude to the illegal diamond trade and its consequences of oppression and war.

WANGECHI MUTU (b.1972, Nairobi, Kenya) is an artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. On February 23, 2010 she was honored by Deutsche Bank as their first Artist of the Year. The prize included a solo exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin. Titled My Dirty Little Heaven, the show traveled in June 2010 to Wiels Center for Contemporary Art in Brussels, Belgium. Her first one person show at Barbara Gladstone Gallery opens October 29, 2010."

[via: http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/silence-is-a-woman/ ]
art  artists  brooklyn  wangechimutu  kenya  nyc  collage  rupture  collision  gender  ethnicity  prosthetics 
june 2013 by robertogreco

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