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Wangechi Mutu’s first-ever animated video critiques society’s gluttonous consumption and over-indulgence. The central character is a magical, destructive, mothership creature, played by the musical performer and recording artist Santigold. Santigold collaborated with Mutu by acting out the role of the extraordinary planet-like being. It is her head with moving Medusa-like hair that is seen at the helm of the great organism. Covering her massive body are waving arms, flailing tentacles, spinning wheels, and smoke-emitting spores that churn out polluting clouds like factory chimneys. As she encounters a flock of black birds, 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. As the gray cloud lifts, a new day dawns and the creature emits a new generation of hatchlings. In the end, the numerous hungry mouths win out over the unhealthy consuming entity.

Details

  • Title: The End of eating Everything
  • Creator: Wangechi Mutu
  • Creator Birth Place: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Date Created: 2013
  • Location: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • Physical Dimensions: 8:00 minutes
  • Type: Video
  • Publisher: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
  • Rights: © Wangechi Mutu
  • Medium: Animated video (color, sound), 8:00 minutes, edition 1/6
  • Art Form: Video
  • Credit Line: Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Museum purchase. Commissioned by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

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