Michael Armitage, "Lacuna", 2017. Oil on Lubugo bark cloth. Private collection, Brussels. Courtesy: the artist and White Cube © the artist. Photo: White Cube / George Darrell.
Michael Armitage Solo Exhibition at MCA
Narratives from folklore, memory, current affairs, popular culture and East African history are woven together in the lush, large-scale paintings of Michael Armitage, one of Kenyaʼs most exciting young artists. Living and working between Nairobi and London, Armitage uses oil paint and Lubugo bark cloth—a material often used as a burial shroud by the Buganda people in Uganda—to create richly coloured works that reference themes of sensuality and intimacy alongside violent politics and current affairs. Despite a career trajectory that has catapulted Armitage to international recognition, “The Promised Land” at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) marks the artistʼs first ever solo exhibition in Australia. The show will emcompass work from recent years, including a suite of new paintings that reflect on the 2017 Kenyan elections.