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Wangechi Mutu: This You Call Civilization? panel discussion (Audio)

May 17th, 2010

Recorded: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 @ Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario
Duration: 1:29:38

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Wangechi Mutu: This You Call Civilization?

Join Robert Enright and panelists Allyson Mitchell and Dionne Brand in a lively discussion about the art of Wangechi Mutu. The alluring, stunningly intricate collages of Wangechi Mutu draw the viewer into contemporary and feminist narratives about beauty, consumerism, race, identity, and gender politics. Focused upon imagery of the human body, Mutu’s work offers a radical deconstruction of traditional figuration that bridges her Kenyan upbringing with contemporary American reality.

Robert Enright is the Senior Contributing Editor to Border Crossings magazine and the University research Professor in Art Theory and Criticism at the University of Guelph. Allyson Mitchell is a feminist artist based in Toronto. She is also an Assistant Professor in the School of Women’s Studies at York University. Dionne Brand is the Poet Laureate of the City of Toronto. She is also Professor of English in the School of English and Theatre Studies at The University of Guelph.

Wangechi Mutu, This you call Civilization?, 2008, Mixed media, ink, contact paper on Mylar, 98 x 52 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada. Photo credit: Bill Orcutt