KENNEDY MUNTANGA - MAKING INTRODUCTIONS
A gallery held in high regard, with spaces both in Wiltshire and on Cork Street, Messums commissioned us to create a five-part series, ‘Making Introductions’, in partnership with their artists. As Messums has become known as a platform for creative expression across artistic genres, the films focus on the techniques that stand at the core of each artist’s respective studio processes, with the hope that Messums’ members can learn a little about each artist and a lot about their process.
Every masterpiece starts with a sketch, every journey with a step. It is often forgotten that art is as much a language as speaking. ‘Making Introductions’ is about learning these different ways of communicating and being able to take part in the conversation. Due to this, it was of utmost importance to us that each film was unscripted and led by the artist, rather than us. For that reason, we made a conscious effort to go into each shoot with open minds, allowing the work to speak for itself.
As part 5 of Messums’ ‘Making Introductions’ series, we spent a day with Kennedy Muntanga in Messums’ London gallery. As a movement artist, filming him at work in a traditional gallery setting seemed the perfect way of capturing the intersection of physicality and craft which is so intrinsic to Kennedy’s work. With a mission to create work that represents many cultures, life experiences and stories, Kennedy has set up his own company; Kennedy Muntanga Dance Theatre.