Michael Armitage: The Promised Land


Texts by Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, and Sean O'Toole

Michael Armitage: The Promised Land is the artist’s first exhibition in Australia, presenting recent work with a suite of new paintings that reflect on the recent Kenyan elections and the political rallies and dissidence that followed. Sumptuous and explicit in their representation of the human body, Armitage’s paintings reconsider cultural traditions and stereotypes, spinning the exoticising gaze of Western art history into a different direction. This fully illustrated exhibition catalogue, edited by curator Natasha Bullock, features essays by Sean O’Toole and Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and poems by Mukoma Wa Ngugi.


Publisher: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Artists: Michael Armitage

Designer: Katherine Johnson

Printer: Special T Print

Binding: Hardcover

Dimensions: 11 × 8.75 in | 28 × 22.2 cm

Pages: 155

ISBN: 9781925806038

Retail: $35

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Michael Armitage

Michael Armitage (b. 1984) was born in Nairobi, Kenya and currently lives and works in Nairobi and London. He received his BFA from Slade School of Art, London in 2007, and a Postgraduate diploma from the Royal Academy Schools, London in 2010. The artist was elected a Royal Academician of Painting in December 2021. He was also the recipient of the Ruth Baumgarte Art Award in 2020. 

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