Man's Cloth & Woman's Cloth by El Anatsui

The artist pursues the themes of memory and loss in his sculpture, especially the damage wrought by the colonial period and traumatic post-colonial aftermath.


Recycled bottle tops
1) 297 x 374 cm & 2) 287 x 292 cm
Art Fund grant:
£23,000 ( Total: £23,000)
Acquired in:
October Gallery

He uses cloth as a metaphor for both the fragility and the dynamism and strength of tradition. El Anatsui worked on these two sculptures at the same time, developing their subtle differences together. They are the first works to use liquor bottle tops instead of wood. Man's cloth is illustrated.


October Gallery.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8181

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