My Mother’s Memories, a Mound of Buried Brides (2023)

Wangechi Mutu
Mother Mound
From ‘My Mother’s Memories, a Mound of Buried Brides’, 2023
Mixed media
1200 x 750 x 110 cm
Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation
Courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery, Brussels


Interweaving African traditions, historical references, layered symbolism, fashion, ecology and science fiction, Wangechi Mutu situates her practice at a crossroads between Afrofuturism and feminism. Her new sculptural installation, My Mother’s Memories, a Mound of Buried Brides (2023), reflects on the resilience of the women who fought in the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya. Excavating fragmented and long unspoken recollections of her mother’s harrowing experiences, these sculptures simultaneously recall the grotesque reign of terror and corresponding trauma inflicted by the British army, as well as the surviving population’s struggle for freedom and self-determination.