Image Resources | Currently on View in Anna S. and James P. White Gallery (W404)

Duvor (communal cloth)

El Anatsui (Ghanaian, 1944-)


As one of Africa's most influential contemporary artists, El Anatsui makes metal wall sculptures resembling draped and bunched cloths that are similar in pattern to traditional West African strip woven textiles.

Anatsui's work is constructed of discarded and flattened liquor bottle caps, stitched together using copper wires.

By transforming discarded objects into works of art, Anatsui comments on consumerism, disposability, and the colonial legacy of the rum trade.

From the artist via (October Gallery, London) in February 2007; purchased by Indianapolis Museum of Art (2007).


Object Information

artist
El Anatsui (Ghanaian, 1944-)
creation date
2007
materials
aluminum, copper wire
dimensions
13 x 17 ft.
accession number
2007.25
credit line
Ann M. Stack Fund for Contemporary Art
copyright
© El Anatsui
collection
Contemporary Art
colors