Lives and Works Kenya and United Kingdom
BA Textile Art, Winchester School of Art, Winchester, United Kingdom, 1998

Grace Ndiritu Gallery Art

Persistently critical of Western practices of consumption Grace Ndiritu introduces her “Post-Hippie Pop-Abstractionist” style into a conversations about museums and their audiences, the commodification of craft and tradition, body politics, and the dynamics engendered by sweatshops. Ndiritu installs exhibitions which highlight Western exacerbation of indigenous culture, spirituality, and labor for art objects and high fashion luxury goods. Since 2013 Ndiritu’s shamanic performances have been integral to her visual art practice, weaving in her nomadic lifestyle and training in esoteric studies in order to revive the sacred nature of art spaces. These methodologies serve to re-activate the current state of the art world which she views as an alienating and uninviting community, void of valuable exchanges and the promotion of ethics. Ndiritu champions those with voices that are being silenced. Through hand paintings and a comprehensive encyclopedia of archived images she reveals the importance of the preservation of history, craft, nature, and of basic human rights.

Ndiritu has held recent exhibitions at Klowden Mann in Los Angeles, La Ira De Dios in Buenos Aires, Chisenhale Gallery in London, the 51st Venice Biennale, and Ikon Gallery in Birmingham. Recent solo performances and screenings include Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Musee Chasse & Nature and Center Pompidou in Paris, ICA Artist Film Survey in London, and Artprojx at Prince Charles Cinema London. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions such as MAC International Art Prize in Belfast, Ireland, Kulte Gallery in Casablanca, MACBA in Barcelona, 9th Bamako Biennale, International Center of Photography in New York, and 8th Dakar Biennale in Senegal. Her work has been commissioned by Fundació Antoni Tapies in Barcelona, Glasgow School of Art, MACBA in Barcelona, Bluecoat Gallery in Liverpool, and Glynn Vivian Gallery in Wales. Ndiritu and her work have been featured in Apollo Magazine’s 40 Under 40 and Phaidon: The 21st Century Art Book. Her Work is held in museum collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Walther Collection in New York and Germany.

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