DAK’ART 2014

11ème Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain 09/05>08/06

Marcia Kure


The Three Graces (Triptych): mixed media, 2013, variable dimensions , Courtesy of the artist and Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, © Chika Okeke-Agulu.
Left: The Amazons of Dahomey.
Centre: Ndlorukazi Nandi kaBebe eLangeni.
Right: Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti .

Marcia Kure’s The Three Graces explores feminine authority. The installation comprises of three parts that come together as a story of African female power and influence. Each of the three walls feature different significant female figures in African history. The largest component represents the historical Fon female military regiment of the Kingdom of Dahomey, popularly known as the “Dahomey Amazons.” In the Fon language, the “Dahomey Amazons” were called Mino, which translates to “our mothers.” Motherhood is present throughout the installation, perhaps most obviously in the component that symbolizes the Zulu queen mother, Ndlorukazi Nandi kaBebe eLangeni. Nandi was the mother of Shaka, the most influential Zulu leader who ruled the Zulu kingdom in the nineteenth century. The shock of soft pink immediately conjures images of a swaddled child held close to its mother’s body. The third wall pays homage to Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, who is sometimes called “The Mother of Africa.” Kuti was a feminist activist who led the charge for Nigerian women’s suffrage. Perhaps the two spherical forms depict Kuti’s fall from her son Fela’s second-story window during a military raid that eventually resulted in her death.

Born in Kano State, Nigeria, Marcia Kure has appeared in museum and gallery exhibitions in Nigeria, Germany, the United States, Spain, the Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Canada, Austria, and Switzerland. Most recently her work was featured at the Palais de Tokyo in the Paris Triennial 2012; “Art and Legacy of Fela Anikulapo Kuti” at The New Museum, NYC; The 7th Sharjah Biennale; and the 2nd Seville International Biennial curated by Okwui Enwezor. Reviews have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, the New York Observer, Time Out, Art Forum, Frieze, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, African Arts and Flash Art among others. Her work will be exhibited next in a three-person exhibition at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City in the Fall.

View online : www.marciakure.com