Tu Le

Flowers for Africa: South Africa

45 x 2 feet

Dried florals

This piece is one of five on view at MASS MoCA in the show To See Oneself at a Distance through March 2024. The exhibition proposes a kind of looking against the grain that focuses on revolutionary moments throughout the 20th century while complicating their over-romanticization.

Artist Kapwani Kiwanga locates botanical elements in the photographic and video records of independence ceremonies, treaty signings, and the official events in newly independent African nations. She invited designer Tu Le of 328North to study and recreate these arrangements, which will dry and wither over the course of the exhibition.

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Photograph credit: Ashley Weeks Cart.