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press release

Wangechi Mutu was born and raised in Kenya and came to the United States in the mid-1990s. Using a combination of ink drawings, collage and wall pieces from images gleaned out of ethnographic photo essays, magazines and wildlife journals, she has adopted the distended and mutated figure as a central part of her work. Creating flamboyant figures that reflect the universal obsession with physical appearance, she emphasizes the violence that comes from the pursuit of European/Western symbols of affluence and power, particularly as manifested on the female body. Her sumptuous monstrosities are used to highlight the clash between Western ideals of representation and the well-being and reality of the majority of the worlds' population.

The exhibition is organized by Miami Art Museum as part of New Work, a series of projects by leading contemporary artists. Curated by MAM Assistant Director for Programs/Senior Curator Peter Boswell.


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Wangechi Mutu
New Work Gallery
Kurator: Peter Boswell