(South African, b. 1968)
Wood, plastic tape (polyethylene, polypropylene, nylon, or vinyl), and iron
Overall: 140 x 43 x 39 cm (55 1/8 x 16 15/16 x 15 3/8 in.)
Purchased with funds donated by Scott Mueller 2018.4
© Kendell Geers
The figure is entirely wrapped in red-and-white tape in the manner evoking a mummy.
Kendell Geers’s Twilight of the Idols (Fetish) 3 is a compelling work that recalls the fierce-looking nkisi nkondo, the power figure the Kongo people used as protective totems to ward off malevolent spirits, prevent or cure illness, or to administer retributive justice. Created in the spirit of the ready-made, the sculpture addresses the shift in value of African art as it became a global commodity.
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