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Edt. Deutsche Bank KunstHalle / title: Wangechi Mutu - My Dirty Little Heaven / publisher: Hatje Cantz / 2010: Ostfildern / hardcover / German/English / 144 pp. with 131 ills. /28,6 x 28,7 cm// isbn: 978-3-7757-2701-3 //

Edited by Deutsche Bank, Texts by Okwui Enwezor, Lauri Firstenberg, Friedhelm Hütte, Courtney Martin, Klaus Ottmann, graphic design by Kerstin Riedel / monograph on one of the most prominent female artists in Africa / the trained sculptor and anthropologist Wangechi Mutu (*1972 in Nairobi), selected by the Deutsche Bank as their Artist of the Year 2010, is one of the most distinguished contemporary artists today / in her collages and installations, she works with images from mass media and the sciences / she takes these from very different sources, such as ethnographic photography; fashion, sports, and sex magazines; or popular-science publications such as National Geographic / the principal motif of her work is the mutated, deformed, or mutilated female body, which has become a kind of venue for issues surrounding black female identity amid the tensions of Western consumer culture, the African diaspora, and postcolonial history / Mutu’s oeuvre captivates the viewer through its unique combination of surreal poetry, social critique, horror, and beauty //


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