Yellow Field, 2018
Mixed media on paper
CM H 42 W 29.5
IN H 16.54 W 11.61Certificate of authenticity - Signed by artist
Yellow Field, 2018
Mwangi’s work focuses on structural violence in society, notions of rootlessness and alienation, particularly the trauma of forced migration, and the reality of finding oneself excluded from a society’s vision of itself. His new works – emotionally charged portraits - consider identity, and the constant struggle of negotiating one’s perception of self against socially established and enforced collective identities.
Mwangi’s work studies various forms of violence arising from social, economic and political divisions. He looks at our interaction with one another and our situation and the motivation behind action taken during volatile political periods
Lawrence Shabu Mwangi
Shabu Mwangi was born in 1985 and began practicing art in 2003. He lives and works in Mukuru slum where he established the Wajukuu Art Project in 2013 with a deep conviction that his work could highlight the lives of the disadvantaged minorities in his community. Deeply concerned by society’s inequality and our lack of empathy for people with different social, political, ethnic and religious beliefs, his work seeks to examine human behaviour and our collective amnesia. His inspiration comes from the view that a lot of inequities and frustration deeply affects his society and the actions that is taken especially during highly sensitive political time can give insight to who they are and how they are influenced politically and how they are divided culturally and socially.
In his work, Shabu strives to examine the human behavior and interaction with each-other and what really drives us to a point of losing the sense of oneness and reaching a point where more focus is always on our ego. He constantly reflects on the quest as human being: the acceptance of our condition and at the same time the view that we are forgetful, a kind of collective amnesia, that why I say wealth will never describe a rich man or poverty a poor man in the eyes of a deeper observer.
He has collaborated on community initiatives with organizations including Art2be and Hope Worldwide. In 2017 he was the artist in residence at S27 Kunst Und Bildung, Berlin, 2017. His previous exhibitions include: Stateless, a solo exhibition at Circle Art Gallery in 2017; Pop-Up Africa, ...Read more
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