Mariane Ibrahim Gallery is very pleased to announce Falling In Love, Again an exhibition dedicated to the artist Mwangi Hutter. The exhibition opens on June 1 and will run until July 21, 2017.
Believers in the existence of soul mates often say that individuals who maintain this connection share a soul split across a two bodies. Mwangi Hutter embodies this belief. The husband and wife duo maintain a joint artistic practice in the service of a single vision. This doesn’t imply that they are working together all the time, or at the same time, but rather that the execution of their shared vision is about their diverse parts coming together to form a whole, in pursuit of a common understanding of what it means to be one.
Oil, acrylic paint, liquid chalk and are the component parts of the paintings in Falling In Love, Again. Mwangi Hutter comprises two artists combine their bodies to create one experience of pleasure. The paints soak into the canvas making it outlining the make and female bodies. Where the white paint spills into the black and the black into the white, the color grey emerges symbolic of the unison achieved in intimacy. Hands and arms melt and curve around each body. The male body buoys the female back as it leans and turns in ecstasy. The journey towards pleasure goes deeper. The bodies become inextricable, having achieved oneness.
On Wednesday, May 31, Karen Milbourne, curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington D.C. will moderate a talk with Mwangi Hutter at the gallery. Mwangi Hutter’s work was included in a recent exhibition at the National Museum of African Art curated by Milbourne titled The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists. In this exhibition, Mwangi Hutter presented their video work “Turquoise Realm”.
Ingrid Mwangi and Robert Hutter were born in Nairobi (Kenya) and Ludwigshafen (Germany) respectively. In 2005, they merged their names and biographies and became a single artist, Mwangi Hutter. Working with video, sound, photography, installation, sculpture, painting and performance, Mwangi Hutter use themselves as the sounding board to reflect on changing societal realities, creating an aesthetic of self-knowledge and interrelationship.
Their work has been shown across Africa, Asia, Europe, United States and South America, at the São Paulo Biennial, the Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Dak’Art Biennale, and the Mori Museum in Tokyo amongst others. Currently, Mwangi Hutter participating in the Kenyan pavilion as a part of the 57th Venice Biennale.
Mwangi Hutter live and work in Berlin and Ludwigshafen (Germany) and Nairobi. (Kenya).