Wangari Mathenge: You are Here

8 October - 13 November 2021 Main Space

'For me, painting is [...] an expression of myself, a form of catharsis [...] something of me that I offer to the world unsolicited.'

Wangari Mathenge (b. Nairobi, Kenya, 1973) lives and works in Chicago. The artist's practice centres the experience of black women, often depicting close acquaintances in domestic or familiar environments. Expressive brushstrokes and a bold palette characterise assertive figures, comfortable in themselves and their relationship to others. Mathenge, who was born in Kenya and moved to the United States to study, draws on personal experience to examine conceptions of diaspora, migration and the plasticity of identity.