A talk and multimedia performance by Wangechi Mutu are part of the 2017 edition of Performa (1-19 November 2017).
Since its inception, Performa has been a leader in commissioning artists whose work has collectively shaped a new chapter in the multi-century legacy of visual artists working in live performance. For Performa 17, its team of curators, research fellows, and producers have spent almost two years, since the last biennial, investigating a range of critical subject matters, in particular the use of live performance as central to artistic practice in African art and culture, the intersection of architecture and performance, and the hundred-year legacy of Dada.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York and Nairobi-based artist Wangechi Mutu builds on her painting, sculpture, and performances for the camera to create a total, immersive environment as an outgrowth of a live, multimedia performance, one which references her native Kenya, global politics, self-image, gender construction, and environmental destruction.
Wangechi Mutu and Adrienne Edwards in Conversation
15 November, 1pm
Performa Biennial Hub
Wangechi Mutu and Curator Adrienne Edwards discuss interrelation of abstraction and performance in Mutu's work, followed by a discussion of "Contemporary Literature and Radicalization."
Image: Wangechi Mutu, Banana Stroke, 2017
Site Specific Action Painting
Courtesy of the Artist. Photo: Andrew Dru Mungai