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Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ Ocula Conversation Emi Eu: ‘We have to look at Southeast Asia as one market’ Stephanie Bailey, Singapore

STPI's Emi Eu reflects on S.E.A. Focus, an STPI project platforming artists and galleries from Southeast Asia, in the wake of Art Stage's decline in 2019 and ahead of the launch of Singapore's new art fair, Art SG, in October 2020.

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New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata: Shows to See Ocula Report New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata: Shows to See Kanika Anand, New Delhi

With India Art Fair set to open amid nationwide protests, Kanika Anand introduces shows in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata that express shifting socio-political identities, modes of resistance, and explorations of place-making.

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Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Ocula Insight Images from Abroad: Lada Nakonechna at Galerie EIGEN + ART Phoebe Blatton, Berlin

Images from abroad , Lada Nakonechna's solo exhibition at Galerie EIGEN + ART in Berlin, considers the barriers that exist between depictions of conflict and their viewers.

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b. 1972, Kenya

Wangechi Mutu Biography

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, educated in Britain and America and resident in New York since the mid-nineties, Wangechi Mutu's work has often seemed to bear the gaze of a perpetual outsider, simultaneously drawn to and repulsed by the discovery of another fresh outrage in the lands in which she travels. Much of Mutu's work to date has been concerned with the myriad forms of violence and misrepresentation visited upon women, especially black women, in the contemporary world. Her paintings and collages often feature writhing female forms, their skin an eruption of buboes, mutant appendices like gun shafts or machine gears sprouting from the sockets of joints, their bodies half human, half hyena. They offer a glimpse at the perversions of the body and the mind wrought by forces active in the oppression of women. Mutu commonly works on paper or Mylar polyester film. Manipulating ink and acrylic paint into pools of colour she carefully applies to her surfaces imagery sampled from disparate sources- Vogue, National Geographic, hunting, motorbike and porn magazines. The resulting works are a rebuke to the conventions of aesthetics and ethnography and eroticism that underpin such publications, offering instead an existence that is riotously free of biological determinism or psychological conditioning.

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Wangechi Mutu's work is the subject of the significant exhibition Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, which began at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, North Carolina (2013) and has subsequently toured to the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York (2013); the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (2014); and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Northwestern University, Illinois (2014). The artist has previously had solo exhibitions at major institutions including the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, touring to Orange County Museum, California (both 2013); Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal (2012); Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, (2012); Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2010); Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario (2010); Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2009); and Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2008). Mutu's work has been included in exhibitions at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC (2014); Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago (2014); Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro (2013); Tate St. Ives, United Kingdom (2013); National Gallery of Canada, Ontario (2013); Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India (2012); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); Brooks Art Museum, Memphis (2012); MOCA, Los Angeles (2010); Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver (2010); Tate Liverpool, United Kingdom (2010); 10th Biennale d'art Contemporain de Lyon (2009); and The New Museum, New York (2008). The artist received the 2010 Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year award.

Wangechi Mutu Featured Artworks

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god hands by Wangechi Mutu contemporary artwork
Wangechi Mutugod hands, 2017Paper pulp, soil, wood glue, and wood 2 parts
Lehmann Maupin Enquire about this work
Mirror by Wangechi Mutu contemporary artwork
Wangechi MutuMirror, 2016Paper pulp, soil, wood glue, and mirrors
20.75 x 15 x 9 inches
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Untitled (Virus) by Wangechi Mutu contemporary artwork
Wangechi MutuUntitled (Virus), 2016paper pulp, soil, and wood glue
17 x 17 x 17 inches
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Untitled (Virus) by Wangechi Mutu contemporary artwork
Wangechi MutuUntitled (Virus), 2016paper pulp, soil, and wood glue
17 x 17 x 17 inches
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Untitled (Virus) by Wangechi Mutu contemporary artwork
Wangechi MutuUntitled (Virus), 2016paper pulp, soil, and wood glue
17 x 17 x 17 inches
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Untitled (Virus) by Wangechi Mutu contemporary artwork
Wangechi MutuUntitled (Virus), 2016paper pulp, soil, and wood glue
17 x 17 x 17 inches
Lehmann Maupin Enquire about this work
The Sticks by Wangechi Mutu contemporary artwork
Wangechi MutuThe Sticks, 2016red soil, paper pulp, wood, and wood glue
27.5 x 17 x 16 inches
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The Sticks by Wangechi Mutu contemporary artwork
Wangechi MutuThe Sticks, 2016Red soil, paper pulp, wood, and wood glue
27.5 x 17 x 16 inches
Lehmann Maupin Enquire about this work

Wangechi Mutu Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Rock My Soul at Victoria Miro, London
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2 October–2 November 2019 Group Exhibition Rock My Soul Victoria Miro, Wharf Road, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Wangechi Mutu, Solo Exhibition at Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
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18 May–8 July 2017 Wangechi Mutu Solo Exhibition Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Protest at Victoria Miro, London
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23 September–5 November 2016 Group Exhibition Protest Victoria Miro, Wharf Road, London

Wangechi Mutu Represented By

Wangechi Mutu In Related Press

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Simone Leigh, Wangechi Mutu, Kehinde Wiley, and Vinnie Bagwell In the Running for New Central Park Memorial Related Press Simone Leigh, Wangechi Mutu, Kehinde Wiley, and Vinnie Bagwell In the Running for New Central Park Memorial 3 October 2019, Hyperallergic

J. Marion Sims, sometimes referred to as the 'father of modern gynecology,' was a 19th-century doctor who conducted brutal, nonconsensual experimental surgeries on enslaved Black women without using anesthesia. A monument for the surgeon stood in Central Park for 80 years, across the New York Academy of Medicine on 103rd Street, until it was...

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Your Concise New York Art Guide for Fall 2019 Related Press Your Concise New York Art Guide for Fall 2019 10 September 2019, Hyperallergic

As always, there are many wonderful exhibitions, film festivals, and art events taking place throughout the fall in New York. We've put together our recommendations, and hope that they encourage you to explore the artistic happenings of this great city. Focusing on museums, art nonprofits, and galleries that continue to make New York a global hub...

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Wangechi Mutu Adorns the Met Museum’s Façade With Images of African Queendom Related Press Wangechi Mutu Adorns the Met Museum’s Façade With Images of African Queendom 9 September 2019, Hyperallergic

For the first time in 117 years, sculptures occupy the erstwhile empty niches of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exterior. Wangechi Mutu has introduced her quartet of magisterial bronze statues to the museum's austere Beaux-Arts entrance.

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Wangechi Mutu at Lehmann Maupin Related Press Wangechi Mutu at Lehmann Maupin 30 June 2017, ArtAsiaPacific

Born in Kenya and currently working between New York and Nairobi, Wangechi Mutu inhabits a cross-cultural realm in which her hybrid-aesthetics and materiality take on a compelling juxtaposition between science and myth. In Lehmann Maupin's first exhibition with Mutu in Hong Kong, the artist's exploration of biological mutation and matter is...

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