Wangechi Mutu in Brooklyn
A survey of Wangechi Mutu's work, "A Fantastic Journey" which originated at the Nasher Museum has now made its way to Brooklyn. Holland Cotter reviewed the show for the NY Times. Curated by Trevor Schoonmaker of the Nasher, this is the first survey of Mutu's work and represents her artistic trajectory since her arrival in NYC in the 1990's. Cotter writes about the images Mutu uses for her collages...
The sources for her images were deliberately and pointedly chosen: illustrated medical texts, fashion glossies, ethnographic periodicals like National Geographic, and pornography.
Each image in some way deals with bodies being controlled, assigned passive functions and roles, as anatomical specimens, models, native types, sex objects, and so on.
Ms. Mutu asserted her own control by taking this material and making something new from it: intensely aestheticized cyborgs, bodies that won’t stand still, won’t be pinned down, colonized, won’t behave in expected, unconfusing ways.
|Wangechi Mutu, Suspended Playtime (foreground) and Funkalicious Fruit Field (diptych).|
|Wangechi Mutu, The End of Eating Everything, video|
|Wangechi Mutu, Riding Death in My Sleep, 2002|