Wangechi Mutu // Mrs. Sarah's House // Prospect 1, New Orleans 2008
While visiting New Orleans to prepare for Prospect 1 Biennial, Wangechi Mutu came upon a piece of land with a nicely kept garden and a concrete slab. Those were remnants of Mrs. Sarah’s house, made unlivable by the 2005 floods caused by hurricane Katrina and later demolished. The location of the land - New Orleans’ 9th Ward, the area most affected by the hurricane. The artist designed a wooden frame outlining the edges of a house on the existing slab. Wangechi Mutu considers community involvement part of her art practice and in this case, rebuilding Mrs. Sarah’s home, part of her work.
A year after Prospect 1, Mrs. Sarah’s house stands.
The photographs of Mrs. Sarah’s new home construction, at the end of the video, were taken December 2009 by Brittany Roberts.
Wangechi Mutu was born in Nairobi, Kenya and currently lives and works in New York. She moved to New York in the 1990s to study anthropology and fine art at Cooper Union (BFA, 1996), and Yale University (MFA 2000). She is known for her painted and collaged images of female figures.
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