Kenyan-born artist Wangechi Mutu, whom we met in her Brooklyn studio, here discusses her powerful animated short film ‘The End of eating Everything’ – a strong comment on how we disrespect the earth in our contemporary culture.
“I’m actually afraid of all these things that appear in my work, blood and body parts, but the truth in our existence and why we behave the way we do lies in confronting the things we are afraid of.” Wangechi Mutu’s collages are often snapshots of a given moment in time, balancing the grotesque and the beautiful. In ‘The End of eating Everything’ (2013), she unfreezes her character, and lets the story unfold into an animated worldly bliss that may or may not have come to its end. The video is made in collaboration with American singer and producer Santigold, who plays the part of the earth, twisted into the shape of a dreamlike serpentine-haired creature with an insatiable appetite.
Wangechi Mutu (b. 1972) is a Kenyan artist, who lives in New York. Mutu is considered one of the leading contemporary African artists and her work has been exhibited at various museums such as Tate Modern in London, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and The New Museum and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. She holds a BFA from Cooper Union and a MFA from Yale University.
Learn more about Wangechi Mutu at: www.wangechimutu.com
Wangechi Mutu was interviewed by Kasper Bech Dyg in New York, October 2014.
Camera: Pierce Jackson
Produced and edited by: Kasper Bech Dyg
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2015
Supported by Nordea-fonden