Antwerp - Exhibition

El Anatsui: Proximately

Axel Vervoordt Gallery

10 Oct 201713 Jan 2018

The exhibition brings together seven new works by the artist which continue the artist’s exploration into the diverse language of his chosen materials.
Anatsui uses aluminium bottle caps and the labels of liquor bottles that are stitched together with copper wire to create sculptural installations often mounted to the wall like a three-dimensional draped tapestry. The transformation and reuse of simple, everyday materials draws attention to contemporary ideas about waste, consumption, and recycling, but the artist prefers to imply and suggest meaning rather than enforce it.

El Anatsui (born in 1944 in Ghana) now lives and works between Ghana and Nigeria. Growing up in the 1960s, Anatsui experienced a period of time typified by a profound search for social and personal identity. This search has become a central theme in his work. He investigates the erosion of tradition, as well as its survival and transmission into the future. He has addressed a vast range of social, political and historical concerns, and embraced an equally diverse vocabulary of media and process.

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