Exhibitions: Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui

IN CONVERSATION

Our visitors respond to this 30-second video.

  • We love how alive the work feels maybe because it changes with each installation so is very dynamic. We also think it's great that you use recycled materials, giving these materials new life and calling attention to their histories.

    — Eve

  • I am very much impressed with El's work, now for a number of years. The uniqueness of it all helps to connect historic and contemporary African art, artist and creative expression. He shares this with the world beyond the Mother continent of all of us.

    — Lee

  • Yes! In one of the videos the artist said, "when you move it, it has to change..." What a metaphor for life!

    — Enya

  • Beautiful shapes! To make one thing you have to think about another. So glad to be able to look at these works. If only we could touch them! It seems almost cruel, like any radiance.

    — Noel

  • The nomadic aesthetic and themes of fluid experience appeals to me - that each piece, once taken down, transported, and re-hung is re-interpreted in its form and representation from place to place. It gives these recycled materials further meaning of transience/stagnation and impermanence/fixedness as works of art and canonization, juxtaposed against their original commodified production.

    — Emily Ahn