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.