Fold Crumple Crush: The art of El Anatsui



8 June 2010

The Power Institute and the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney screened Fold CrumpleCrush - The Art of El Anatsui, a film by Susan Vogel. The screening was accompanied by a presentation by the director and a discussion.

Filmed in Venice, Nsukka, Nigeria, and the US, the film is a lively portrait of Africa's most widely acclaimed living artist. Fold Crumple Crush gives and insider's view of the artist's practice and the elaborate means through which tousands of hours of labour transform used bottle tops into vast, shimmering wall hangings. Here El Anatsui offers manifold ways of understanding the hangings that are neither painting nor sculpture, but partake of both -- and speaks of his aspirations for artworks he has yet to make.


  • Susan Vogel
    Art Curator and African Art Expert

    Susan Vogel was a visitor at the US Studies Centre in 2010. Vogel is an author, publisher, filmmaker and museum director who holds a PhD in art history and is internationally recognised as a curator and African art expert. Previously, she has held the positions of Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Founding Director of the Museum for African Art, Director of the Yale University Art Gallery, and Professor of Art History at Columbia.