“One thing that I have grown into is working with things which have have been used before—things which link people together. I don’t know about DNA, but if you touch something, you leave a charge on it and anybody else touching it connects with you in a way—and the fact that anything that has been used by humans has a history, so those properties I think help whatever I do to gain some meaning.”
- El Anatsui
Filmed over three years in Venice, Nsukka, and the United States, this is a powerful portrait of Africa’s most widely acclaimed contemporary artist El Anatsui. FOLD CRUMPLE CRUSH: THE ART OF EL ANATSUI gives an insider’s view of the artist’s practice, the ingenious steps and thousands of hours of labor that convert used bottle tops into huge, opulent wall hangings. Here Anatsui explains how his artworks have become a marriage of painting and sculpture, objects that speak of African history but also reach for the ethereal—and he talks about his aspirations for artworks he has yet to make.
“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED…a finely crafted, thoroughly engaging portrait of Africa’s most celebrated living artist.” —Educational Media Reviews Online
“A sensitive and sophisticated portrait that will intrigue Anatsui devotees even as it wins him new admirers.” —Elliot Ross, Africa Is A Country
“Moves elegantly among El Anatsui’s many spheres.” —Jacob Burns Film Center
“Engaging, informative, and sensitive.” —Economist Intelligent Life
“[El Anatsui] has become a global star and achieved that status by working at home, finding a grand and modest beauty there, and spreading that beauty everywhere.” —New York Times
“In the very best tradition of documentaryfilmmaking, Vogel’s sensuously contoured films tell stories.” - African Arts, UCLA
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