Artist talk with Mwangi Hutter and Solvej Helweg Ovesen in the context of the exhibition »Circling Around Oneness« by Mwangi Hutter - curated by Solvej Helweg Ovesen und Dr. Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung within the program of POW (Post-Otherness-Wedding).
Oneness. Oneness, a unity of two, as in love, as in a family, as in joining two otherwise separate, yet complementary parts or positions. As in the unity of humans and God, or holistically as in the unity between me and the rest of the world, between people of different descent. On a communicative, emotional basis? How is it constituted and how is it happening on a daily basis? How can we understand and attempt oneness in a world of individualism, of generic race and gender conflicts, or in a world focussed merely on difference?
These themes are central in the two video works that Mwangi Hutter present at Galerie Wedding (»The Act of Leaving the Body« and »Nothing Solid«, both 2015), which ponder on the performative and collective nature of the duo’s endeavour, as they also involve themselves as performers as well as one of their daughters.
The curator Solvej Helweg Ovesen will speak with the artists Ingrid Mwangi and Robert Hutter about their art practice and the idea of oneness as a longterm subject of their artistic collaboration. The artists lead -as many others these days- a culturally mixed relationship, both professionally and privately, which animates the questions and the joy of oneness; bridging between Kenyan and German embodied minds. They are parents of twins, another level of unity. As artists they have a history of involving and portraying their kids in their work. The show at Galerie Wedding testifies to this life experience, too.