My name is Rebecca Marimutu a interdisciplinary artist from New York.
This work began by feeling confined by this institutions hold over the image of blackness.
Consisting of large photosensitive Kraft Paper sculptures, who by their composition, absorb the environment on to them, weaken and decay.
By making and repairing these portraits through accessible, durable, and familiar materials, Marimutu addresses and removes the material and political hierarchy of picture-making, and imposes her own. Photography provides the viewer space to look on-to another experience with the safety to Others who are within. Marimutu works to subvert imagery and orient this contemplation space that photography provides unto of the viewer instead of the viewed. She conceals and protects that which lies under the paper, only showing the borders and edges of what was, guiding and frustrating the viewer to question their role in this obfuscation
Deconstructing light, reflectivity and self-portraiture detaches my images from being exploited.