Wangechi Mutu: The End of eating Everything

  • Feb 16, 2019 – Apr 14, 2019
  • Gallery 6

The End of eating Everything, 2013, animated color video with sound, 8 minutes 10 second loop.

Courtesy of the artist, Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels, and Victoria Miro Gallery, London. 

Commissioned by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC.

Wangechi Mutu’s animated video critiques society’s gluttonous consumption and over-indulgence. The central character is a magical, destructive creature played by the musical performer and recording artist Santigold. This extraordinary massive organism features undulating Medusa-like hair, waving arms, flailing tentacles, spinning wheels, and smoke-emitting spores that churn out pollutants like factory chimneys. As this human-headed, amoeba-like form encounters a flock of blackbirds, she cannot resist the urge to eat them to satisfy her voracious appetite. Blood spills, birds perish, and the overstuffed creature eventually implodes in a cloud of smoke. Ultimately the grey cloud lifts, a new day dawns, and a new generation of hatchlings appear. Their mouths still dominate, but now they engage in conversation rather than eating.


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