Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga: Tushauriane – Let’s Talk about it at October Gallery
Gakunga, who was born in Kenya in 1960, makes sculptural works primarily out of oxidised sheet metal and wire, materials that celebrate Jua Kali, a Swahili adage that translates as ‘under the hot sun’ and which is an aesthetic proposition based on the beauty of organic degradation.
The artist uses the weather itself to stain her materials, leaving them exposed to the natural cycle of wind, sun and rain before assembling them into the three-dimensional dialogues that are her final works. Her process is inspired by the pioneering work of the Mabati Women’s Group in Kenya in the 1960s, which used the same sheet metal to transform the roofs of buildings. By using this material, the women were able to inhabit homes with roofs that could successfully collect water, thus saving them time and empowering the women in the process. Gakunga draws on their work in her own practice, weaving together a diversity of materials to visually and physically articulate the concept of dialogue.
The exhibition is situated on the ground floor and is accessible to wheelchair users. Please ask at reception for assistance.