living in your heart
Opening: 3.3. 2017 7 – 9 pm
Introduction: Johan Holten, Director Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden – Baden
„Fingerprint after fingerprint, we leave our trace as the symbol of our inner map. Following it through should lead to the essence one day. If we could tell our story without words, sounds or images we would, but that is impossible for now. Indeed, we don’t know our story yet. We are drawing it out in painting, revealing it in video and sound, making a photo of it to render it visible. We have an inkling of what it might be about, but without having embarked on this journey, we would never have begun to find out what there is to know.“
Ingrid Mwangi and Robert Hutter (*1975) were born in Nairobi, Kenya and Ludwigshafen, Germany. Both studied at the Hochschule der bildenden Künste Saar. After several years, they merged their names and biographies and became one artist: Mwangi Hutter. Working with various media such as sound, photography, installation, scuplture, painting and performance, they often use their own bodies as sounding board to reflect on social interrelationships. Mwangi Hutter deal with the subjects of border-crossing and finding identitiy, which both can be understood in a political, as well as very personal, intimate sense oscillating between violence, nature, dualism, individuality and love.
Their work has been shown across Africa, Asia, Europe, United States and South America, at the Bienal de São Paulo, Venice Biennale, the Brooklyn Museum, Centre Pompidou Paris, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, Dak’Art Biennale, Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of African Art and the Mori Museum Tokyo amongst others. Mwangi Hutter live and work in Berlin, Ludwigshafen and Nairobi.