MCA Exclusive Member Tour July 2019Tuesday 2nd July 2019
Michael Armitage: The Promised Land
Born in Nairobi, 1984, Michael Armitage is one of Kenya’s most exciting young artists. His lush, often large-scale paintings merge the traditions of European modernism with the subjects and materials of East Africa.
Living and working between Nairobi and London, Armitage paints with oil on Lubugo bark cloth – a culturally-significant material of the Buganda people in Uganda. The bark cloth is traditionally used as a burial shroud or in ceremonies. Replete with ripples, stitches and holes, Armitage stretches it across a frame to form the textured surface of his paintings.
Armitage knits together narratives from folklore, his memory, current affairs, popular culture and the history of East Africa. His paintings are grounded in the social fabric and political dynamics of his homeland.
This will be the artist’s first exhibition in Australia, presenting recent work with a suite of new paintings that reflect on the recent Kenyan elections and the political rallies and dissidence that followed. Sumptuous and explicit in their representation of the human body, Armitage’s paintings reconsider cultural traditions and stereotypes, spinning the exoticizing gaze of Western art history into a different direction.
Enjoy a glass of Bimbadgen wine before embarking on a private tour of the exhibition with our own MCA Artist Educator.
Date: Tuesday 2nd July 2019
Time: 6:00pm, for 6:30pm Tour
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney
140 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney
(please enter through the MCA Foundation Hall via Circular Quay)
Cost: Complimentary to Club Bimbadgen Members and a guest
RSVP: Essential as places are limited by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
or calling (02) 4998 4600 by 1 week prior
Michael Armitage, Kampala Suburb 2014 oil on Lubugo bark cloth Private Collection, London Image courtesy the artist and White Cube
© the artist
Photograph: White Cube/ Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd