Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu, 'Metha', 2010 Installation view MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main (detail) , Foto / photo: Axel Schneider © MMK Frankfurt

Wangechi Mutu, born in Kenya in 1972, is a leading voice in contemporary African art. Trained as both sculptor and anthropologist, the artist is concerned with images of women in the media as much as scientific studies of people and culture. Having received a BFA from Cooper Union College in New York in 1996 and MFA from Yale University in 2000, her collage reconstructions of the female form use images taken from a variety of magazines: Vogue, National Geographic, hunting, motorbike and porn magazines. Her avatars, according to the New Yorker, “stare you down and dare you to look away.”




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