Duvor (communal cloth)

 
Artist
Creation date
Materials
aluminum, copper wire
Dimensions
13 x 17 ft.
Credit line
Ann M. Stack Fund for Contemporary Art
Accession number
2007.25
Collection
Currently On View In
Anna S. and James P. White Gallery - W404

As one of Africa's most influential contemporary artists, El Anatsui makes metal wall sculptures resembling draped and bunched cloths that are similar in pattern to traditional West African strip woven textiles.

Anatsui's work is constructed of discarded and flattened liquor bottle caps, stitched together using copper wires.

By transforming discarded objects into works of art, Anatsui comments on consumerism, disposability, and the colonial legacy of the rum trade.

From the artist via (October Gallery, London) in February 2007; purchased by Indianapolis Museum of Art (2007).
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