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Through a variety of media, including painting-collage, sculpture, installation and video, Wangechi Mutu’s work explores questions about self-image, gender constructs, cultural trauma and environmental destruction. With her characteristic hybrid, morphed and organic forms, she describes inherent and shared alienations. She proposes the idea of identity as performative and absolutely necessary in order to withstand social constructs and loss, as well as to rewrite the rules that bind our imagination. In Mutu’s worlds, the body is a contested space and a testing ground for the reimagining of our relationship with the man-made forces and the natural world. Her visual language is further enriched by the habitual use of unexpected materials, some imbued with cultural significations, like Kenyan tea and volcanic red soil, gems and seeds. Mutu’s work presents a visceral and compelling discourse with dominant modes of representation. Mutu participated in the 56th International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Venice Biennale (2015). She has exhibited in solo shows worldwide including the Deutsche Guggenheim Museum, Berlin; Musée D’art Contemporain de Montréal; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and the Brooklyn Museum, amongst others. Upcoming solo exhibitions of Mutu’s work incude Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium and The Contemporary Austin, TX. (photo credit: Wangechi Mutu Studio)