19 April 2019
El Anatsui interview: Material Splendor (2014)
R. J. Preece - 01 Nov 14
El Anatsui interview: Material Splendor (2014) When I first interviewed El Anatsui, back in 2006, I was captivated by his use of found materials, form, and social context, but I consciously steered away from critical and art historical issues. To me, there was a more interesting story that...
Nnenna Okore interview: Political by Nature (2013)
R. J. Preece - 02 Jan 14
...El Anatsui was an important influence on your artistic development. Could you explain how? Nnenna Okore. Echi Di Ime (The Unknown in Igbo), (2011). Clay and burlap, 91 x 91 x 5cm. Image courtesy October Gallery, London. Nnenna Okore: El, who was my professor, had an enormous ability to...
El Anatsui interview: Out of West Africa (2006)
R. J. Preece - 01 Jul 06
El Anatsui interview: Out of West Africa (2006) El Anatsui art: Earth cloth, (2003). Aluminum bottle tops and copper wire, 487.7 x 457.2 cm. A “cloth” made by sewing thousands of recycled, crushed, and flattened liquor bottle tops. A 10-foot-tall installation of redundant newspaper...
Contemporary African art in Barcelona (2001)
R. J. Preece - 01 May 02
...El Anatsui exhibited Visa Queue (1992), a small-scale work in the form of a long, winding mass of nondescript bodies, which raised issues similar to those in Sorious Samura’s documentary of West African economic emigrants bound for Europe. In striking contrast to Visa, El Anatsui’s Crumbling Wall...