A Afrofuturic Journey

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The exhibition A Fantastic Journey on display at the Brooklyn Museum presents the artist Wangechi Mutu’s collection of art. The exhibition includes paintings, collages, sculptures, sketchbook drawings, and new animated videos. Wangechi Mutu incorporates the Western culture’s influence on her African culture into her modern day artwork, which can be seen when walking through the museum. She explores common issues such as war, consumerism, gender and race, globalization all while focusing primarily with the female African protagonist. An interesting and unique aspect of Mutu’s artwork is her collages. She takes different pieces ranging from magazines and fashion, to National Geographic and creates a hybrid female body consisting of part human, part animal, part machine, and part plant. Afrofutrism is an aesthetic combining “elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, Afrocentricity, and magic realism with non-Western cosmologies in order to critique…the present-day dilemmas of people of color, [as well as to] revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past” (Callaloo) Wangechi Mutu’s goal of her exhibit was to create her own “mashed-up Afrofuturist vision of the universe” (wall text), which A Fantastic Journey does a great job of taking the viewer through. Large Scale paintings hang against dark taupe colored walls separated with enough distance for the viewer to focus primarily on one art piece. However the artworks are arranged by similar themes for if the viewer wanted to step back and look at the display as a whole, it all ties together. Mutu’s diptych A Shady Promise, displays a female figure straddling a large tree trunk bending it for its roots to extend back into the ground. This can be ... ... middle of paper ... ...ng includes recording artist Santigold’s floating head on the right side of the land lunging toward the circling birds, infection and worms that flood the sky eating everything in sight. Santigold eventually explodes, relating to the aim and concept of practically the entire exhibit of our issue with mass consumption, not just dealing with material objects, but with ideals as well, leading toward our own self destruction. The Brooklyn Museum’s display of Wangechi Mutu’s A Fantastic Journey takes viewers on a mystical journey populated by strong female figures while Mutu tackles issues of race and gender, consumption, and eroticization of the female body. Mutu artwork displays her African culture as well as connects Western culture ideals. Overall, the viewer of A Fantastic Journey is effortlessly able to perceive societal issues expressed through a fantasy world.

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