Born 1972 – Kenya
Wangechi Mutu 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.
Mutu 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. Mutu encourages audiences to consider these mythical worlds as places for cultural, psychological, and socio-political exploration and transformation.