El Anatsui: ‘The golden rule is, there are no rules’

The veteran sculptor on ‘nomadic aesthetics’ and the importance of play


El Anatsui has carved a name for himself with his monumental hanging sculptures made with recycled metal scraps. As imposing and spectacular as they are fragile and portable, these works have been exhibited in some of the world's most prestigious institutions, most recently at Munich's Haus der Kunst and in the Venice Biennale's first Ghana Pavilion. Hours before the inauguration in Venice, Anatsui talked to Art Basel about the need to keep things light. 

El Anatsui is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery, New York City; Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg and Cape Town; and Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai. 

Camera: Alvin Sonic Mojetta and Lorenzo Gentilini
Photos and edit: Domenico Nicoletti
Sound Design: Matteo Pansana Assistance on set: Michele Zanotti
Production: Coline Milliard and Jeanne-Salomé Rochat for Art Basel