Currently on view in #MakingTheMet, "Dusasa II" is quite the masterpiece to behold. ✨
This epic work by Ghanaian artist #ElAnatsui was the centerpiece of the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. Its shimmering, woven netlike structure—composed of thousands of aluminum caps and seals from liquor bottles—poetically references luminous Ghanaian textiles, Byzantine mosaics, and chain mail as well as the damaging effects of consumerism and colonialism in Africa.
According to the artist, the title Dusasa can be translated as a "communal patchwork made by a team of townspeople," analogous to the artist's team of assistants.
See it on view in "Making The Met, 1870–2020" through January 3, 2021. #Met150
🎨 El Anatsui (Ghanaian, born 1944). Dusasa II, 2007. Found aluminum, copper wire, and plastic disks. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY. #MetModern