Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu is quite the talented artist and is our #TalentTuesday. Currently showcasing an exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, we have decided to focus on her latest collection of past works in “A Fantastic Journey”. The exhibition in the Brooklyn Museum ends on the 9th of March
The designs of the Kenyan artist can only be described as afro-futuristic. Her art is impressive, impactful, disturbing and reveals more and more the longer you look at the images. Some of her recurring topics are the exploitation of the female body, how the African continent is depicted and exploited, and the experience of migration.
Wangechi Mutu, born 1972, scrutinizes globalization by combining found materials, magazine cutouts, sculpture, and painted imagery. Sampling such diverse sources as African traditions, international politics, the fashion industry, pornography, and science fiction, her work explores gender, race, war, colonialism, global consumption, and the exoticization of the black female body.
She is best known for spectacular and provocative collages depicting female figures—part human, animal, plant, and machine—in fantastical landscapes that are simultaneously unnerving and alluring, defying easy categorization and identification. Bringing her interconnected ecosystems to life for this exhibition through sculptural installations and videos, Mutu encourages audiences to consider these mythical worlds as places for cultural, psychological, and sociopolitical exploration and transformation.by