Dialogues on Being Human: The Intersections of Art, Health and Dignity with Artist Wangechi Mutu
November 6, 2017 —
WASHINGTON– Celebrated contemporary artist Wangechi Mutu will present film work and discuss art as a means to illuminate women’s experiences and human rights in Africa and beyond on Nov. 8.
In an effort to make health and human rights issues more visible and accessible, Georgetown Law’s O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law is engaging leading contemporary artists in dialogue.
Wednesday, Wangechi Mutu will present film work, “The End of Carrying All” and discuss the themes she explores in her artwork, including ideas of desire, gender, race, cultural trauma and environmental destruction. A reception will follow a dialogue with Georgetown Law Professor Alicia Ely Yamin.
Wangechi Mutu is a Kenyan-born contemporary artist. Through her collage-paintings, sculpture, installation, film work, and performance she recasts female stereotypes, and questions cultural identity and perceptions. Her work touches on the complications of being, and how the physical body plays a significant role in determining personal experience. Wangechi believes: “Art allows you to imbue the truth with a sort of magic...so it infiltrates the psyches of more people, including those who don’t believe the same things as you.”
Alicia Ely Yamin is Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown Law and Director of the Health and Human Rights Initiative at Georgetown Law’s O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law. Her 20-year career at the intersection of health and human rights has bridged academia and activism.
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017
5:15 – 5:45 p.m. Screening of “The End of Carrying All”
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Dialogue on Being Human
7:00 – 7:30 p.m. Reception
Maria and Alberto de la Cruz Gallery
Walsh Building, Georgetown University
1221 36th Street NW
Washington, DC 20007