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EL ANATSUI - GAWU
Originally from Ghana but living in Nigeria since 1975, El Anatsui is one of Africa’s most powerful and influential artists. His work dwells on the continent’s history, drawing simultaneously on traditional African idioms and contemporary western art. The works in this exhibition make use of large quantities of discarded everyday objects such as bottle tops, flattened food tins and cassava graters woven together to create magnificent sculptural ‘tapestries’ which recall the Ghanaian tradition of weaving kente cloth. Two examples were acquired recently by the British Museum, one of which now hangs majestically at the entrance to its Sainsbury African Galleries. Highly regarded in Africa, El Anatsui is now rapidly establishing an international reputation and this touring exhibition provides the first opportunity for UK audiences to see a major body of his recent work. El Anatsui: Gawu is an Oriel Mostyn Gallery touring exhibition supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Wales Arts International and View Design.