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Inside the exhibition: ‘Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict’

Published 16 June 2021

Join Michael Armitage as he introduces his works exploring paradise, the 2017 Kenyan Elections and a selection of East African artists who have informed his own practice.

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    In this fascinating insight into his exhibition at the RA, Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict, the artist explores how his work is rooted in East Africa, the story behind his use of Lubugo bark cloth as a canvas, and how the entire idea of paradise is problematic.

    • Michael Armitage , The Chicken Thief (detail)

      Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict

      22 May — 19 September 2021

      This year – just over 10 years since Armitage graduated from the RA Schools – we bring together 15 of his large-scale paintings from the past six years, exploring East African landscapes, politics and society.

      Alongside these will be a selection of 31 works by six East African contemporary artists: Meek Gichugu, Jak Katarikawe, Theresa Musoke, Asaph Ng’ethe Macua, Elimo Njau and Sane Wadu.