Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict

Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict

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Edited by Anna Schneider, with contributions by Elsbeth Court, Imraan Coovadia, Anna Schneider and Dimona Stöckle, and a conversation between Michael Armitage and Don Handa

"Paradise Edict" illuminates the central work groups of the painter Michael Armitage and locates them for the first time in the context of East African painting and sculpture of the 20th century. Armitage's thematic focus ranges from the relationship between humans and animals, through political events in Kenya, to the European concept of landscape in contrast to an East African understanding of landscape. In large-format oil paintings on lubugo (bark cloth), the British-Kenyan painter combines themes and artistic traditions of Europe and East Africa in a fascinating way, revealing stereotypical perspectives and power relations.