Featured workWangechi Mutu: The End of eating Everything

A Medusa-like female being, played by the North American singer Santigold, hovers in the sky of a post-apocalyptic landscape. As she comes across a swarm of birds and greedily begins to eat them, her throbbing body is gradually made visible; covered with metastases and peppered with human limbs and parts of machines, her pores spew out poisonous smoke. The insatiable monster finally implodes, giving birth to numerous new female heads. Artist Wangechi Mutu says The End of eating Everything is a fusion of all the important elements of her creative work to date. In the film, Mutu expresses her own frustration with the human species: the monstrous being symbolizes planet Earth and the unending consumption in our society. The film creates a connection to Mutu’s 2005 Tumor Series, in which she uses cancer as a metaphor for the state of our current existence, advocating that what destroys us is not external but rather comes from within ourselves.

 

  • Animated film, 8 min 10 sec, edition of 6. Courtesy of Victoria Miro Gallery, London © Wangechi Mutu

    Wangechi Mutu. The End of eating Everything, 2010
  • Animated film, 8 min 10 sec, edition of 6. Courtesy of Victoria Miro Gallery, London © Wangechi Mutu

    Wangechi Mutu. The End of eating Everything, 2010
  • Animated film, 8 min 10 sec, edition of 6. Courtesy of Victoria Miro Gallery, London © Wangechi Mutu

    Wangechi Mutu. The End of eating Everything, 2010
  • Animated film, 8 min 10 sec, edition of 6. Courtesy of Victoria Miro Gallery, London © Wangechi Mutu

    Wangechi Mutu. The End of eating Everything, 2010
  • Animated film, 8 min 10 sec, edition of 6. Courtesy of Victoria Miro Gallery, London © Wangechi Mutu

    Wangechi Mutu. The End of eating Everything, 2010