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El Anatsui: Language & Symbols | "Exclusive" | Art21
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El Anatsui: Language & Symbols | "Exclusive"

Episode #164: Filmed in 2011 at The Museum of Modern Art in Hayama, Japan, El Anatsui discusses the role of language and symbols in his artwork. When naming works such as "Gli" (2010), Anatsui often uses his native language of Ewe because Ewe words can have a range of meanings when pronounced differently. Anatsui also describes the formative experience of discovering adinkra symbols, a West African system of abstract symbols that represent specific concepts or aphorisms.

Working with wood, clay, metal, and the discarded metal caps of liquor bottles, El Anatsui breaks with sculpture's traditional adherence to forms of fixed shape while visually referencing the history of abstraction in African and European art. Anatsui's works trace a broader story of colonial and postcolonial economic and cultural exchange, told in the history of cast-off materials, while exploring ideas about the everyday function of objects and the role of language in deciphering visual symbols.

Learn more about El Anatsui at:
www.art21.org/artists/el-anatsui

CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Susan Sollins. Camera: Takahisa Araki & Joel Shapiro. Sound: Steve Bores. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: El Anatsui & Museum for African Art. Special Thanks: Lisa Binder, The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama, Japan, Jack Shainman Gallery & Wellesley College. Theme Music: Peter Foley.

Thanks to the following volunteers for providing subtitles:

CHINESE, Simplified
Jing Gao
www.amara.org/en/profiles/profile/47445/

Yufei Sun
www.amara.org/en/profiles/profile/53407/

FRENCH
Frenchie4ever
www.amara.org/en/profiles/profile/90392/

GERMAN
Barbara Mauchle
www.amara.org/en/profiles/profile/55013/

GREEK
Mary Keramida
www.amara.org/en/profiles/profile/42071/

HEBREW
elaiamara1
www.amara.org/en/profiles/profile/90398/

INDONESIAN
Dwi Rianto
www.amara.org/en/profiles/profile/269/

ITALIAN
Isabella Martini
www.amara.org/en/profiles/profile/44240/ 

JAPANESE
Eri Nakamura
www.amara.org/en/profiles/profile/91874/

KOREAN
Doyoung Park
www.amara.org/en/profiles/profile/91760/

LATVIAN
Kristaps Kadiķis
www.amara.org/en/profiles/profile/40295/

POLISH
Marta Lomza
www.amara.org/en/profiles/profile/91516/

PORTUGUESE
Sara Branco
www.amara.org/en/profiles/profile/72678/

ROMANIAN
Laura Oprea
www.amara.org/en/profiles/profile/47433/

RUSSIAN
Vika Hvozdz
www.amara.org/en/profiles/profile/84079/

SPANISH
Veronica Bruzon Cid
www.amara.org/en/profiles/profile/79099/

Amy Vazquez
www.amara.org/en/profiles/profile/89833/

TURKISH
adeptgunes
www.amara.org/en/profiles/profile/77137/

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www.amara.org/en/teams/art21/
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