Wangechi Mutu Exhibition and Guan Wei Commission at MCA

May 22nd, 2013


Wangechi Mutu Exhibition and Guan Wei Commission at MCA Curator’s / Artists Reception at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia photos images story;  MiSociety
Sydney 21 May 2013

  • Wangechi Mutu Exhibition on show 23 May – 14 August 2013
  • Guan Wei Commission permanent for 12 months

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia held a Curator’s / Artists Reception to officially launch the Wangechi Mutu Exhibition and Guan Wei Commission with both artists in attendence to chat and mingle with invited guests.  The work of both artists is contemplative, confronting and conversational – a must see.

Wangechi Mutu Exhibition
Wangechi Mutu exhibition features massive installations of haunting, towering constructions made from chairs, plastic bags, ribbons, cassette tapes and feathers depicting a range of subjects including a three-dimensional lunar landscape, volcanic mounds made from packing tape, period chairs suspended on high and lain dining tables.  Mutu’s videos feature herself in a range of very basic activities relating to ‘women’s work’. 

Curated by Rachel Kent and displayed in the Level 1 Galleries, this exhibition represents Mutu’s most comprehensive international survey to date.  A new monograph accompanies the exhibition with contributions by Rachel Kent, Dan Cameron, Adrienne Edwards and Martin Kimani.

Wangechi Mutu, winner of the Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year program.said: ‘My work starts with a search for the black female body and how it is represented through popular media. I look at where women are placed culturally and psychologically – how we value and devalue them – and I aim to stretch my own ideas about appropriate ways to depict the body through my art. Criticism, curiosity and voyeurism lead me along, as I often look at things I find hard to view, things that may be distasteful or unethical.’

New MCA Foyer Commission by Guan Wei
The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) 2013 Foyer Commission by artist Guan Wei follows on from the first commission for this space by Helen Eager.

Guan Wei’s new work The Journey to Australia (2013) is a figurative painting that references the MCA’s location at the site where the First Fleet came ashore on Gadigal land in 1788 and the artist’s experiences as an immigrant to Australia from China in 1989.  The work is also inspired by current debates about immigration and refugees in Australia.

Guan Wei is a significant figure in both the Australian and Chinese contemporary art scenes. 

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