Postmodern Analysis of Wangchi Moto's Paintings: A Contemporary African-American Artist

Document Type : Research Article


Assistant professor, Painting Department , Faculty of art Alzahra university, Tehran, Iran


Problem statement: The definition of postmodernism as well as artistic postmodernism has always faced challenges; however it is possible to obtain a tool for postmodernist analysis of art works in this period by considering some shaping components such as eclecticism, pluralism, deconstructionism, the importance of micro-narratives and subcultures, and the identity crisis. The purpose of this study is to search and analyze the characteristics of postmodernist art in the works of Wangichi Moto, a Kenyan female artist living in the United States, who is an example of artists of this period, and considering the characteristics of her works, postmodernist tools can be used to read them.

Research Questions: What are the characteristics of Wangichi Moto's works? What does the work approach have to do with postmodern keywords? How is postmodern thought expressed in Moto's works? What similarities and differences can be found in the works of this artist in terms of postmodernity?

Research Method: This research describes and analyzes a part of Wangichi Motor's paintings based on the theoretical foundations of postmodern art through a qualitative study.

Results: The results show that the author has achieved an eclectic and multifaceted expression both in the structure and in the content of his works by using pictorial and conceptual collages and in general collage worldview. In this way he has succeeded the breaking the foundations of macro narratives, subcultures of women, blacks and immigrants and was able to communicate on the issue of identity crisis. Moto presents his work as socio-political statements in which he expresses and critiques the issues of racial and class discrimination in the contemporary world.