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Issue 217

Wangechi Mutu Hates Horror and Loves Silence

The artist answers the frieze questionnaire ahead of her solo show at the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco 

BY Wangechi Mutu in Questionnaires | 15 MAR 21

What was the first work of art you loved? David Hammons’s street work in the 1990s. 

What’s underrated? Silence. 

What’s the most important book you’ve read lately? Heavy: An American Memoir (2018) by Kiese Laymon. 

What surprises people about you? I hate horror films. 

What do you like to do when you’re alone? Make art or sew while listening to an audio book. 

Who do you miss? My mother’s father and Jerome Stern 

This article first appeared in frieze issue 217 with the headline ‘Questionnaire: Wangechi Mutu’.

Main image: Wangechi Mutu, Water Woman, 2017, bronze. Courtesy: the artist, Victoria Miro and Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Wangechi Mutu is an artist. In May, she will have a solo exhibition at the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. She lives in New York, USA, and Nairobi, Kenya.