Wangechi Mutu is a New York-based artist and sculptor. She is considered to be one of the most preeminent contemporary African artists and has been featured in the New York Times, Financial Times and The Guardian, among many others. The Nasher Museum of art at Duke University organized a comprehensive exhibition tour of Mutu’s art in 2013 titled Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, introducing her to the American audience. Wangechi is a graduate of the Yale School of Arts.
Afrofuturism seeks to retell Black/African history in a futuristic “Scifi” manner through many different literary media such as music, art and sculpture. In music, American artists like Sun Ra, Janelle Monáe, Missy Elliott, Rihanna and even Beyoncé have also captured Afrofuturism through their hairstyles, costumes, music and video production.
Hear Wangechi below describe her work in her own words.