Cardiff-based Cinzia Mutigli’s work encompasses text, performance and video; linking her own hybrid ancestry to wider cultural histories.
The multi-media installation Sweet Wall, 2020, has a strong autobiographical core.
She says: “I consider how domestic, social, political and popular cultural aspects of our environment impact our persona…our sense of place in the world.”
The violent history of sugar – to which she was addicted – is a leitmotif that is explored in the film, which ruminates on the substance’s relationship to the transatlantic slave trade. Many of Swansea’s industrialists owed their fortunes, however indirectly, to this trade as well as slave-run sugar plantations in the Caribbean.
Wakelin Award 2021 Purchased in partnership with the Friends of Glynn Vivian