Wangechi Mutu

You Are My Sunshine, 2015

The work of Kenyan artist Wangechi Mutu combines elements of sci-fi and Afrocentricity as a means of reflecting and commenting on present day issues of people of color as well as re-examining past historical events.  Mutu’s art is considered Afrofuturist because she often approaches her themes with a sci-fi like blueprint to contemplate alternate realities for Africa and people of African descent. She specifically depicts this with her morphing of the organic (human) and inorganic (machine) via collage on huge pieces of mylar. You can see this depicted strongly in her series Family Tree. The female form is often if not always central in her work. Her figurative pieces combine technology and organic ‘parts’ (human and animal) from tears found in porn, fashion, and auto magazines, along with random and non random materials. “Females carry the marks, language and nuances of their culture more than the male. Anything that is desired or despised is always placed on the female body.”

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