Tour for Families, Friends and Lovers through the exhibition »Circling Around Oneness« by Mwangi Hutter (25.11.2016–28.01.2017) with cuator Solvej Helweg Ovesen
An exhibition in the context of POW (Post-Otherness-Wedding), curated by Solvej Helweg Ovesen und Dr. Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung
Mwangi Hutters’ exhibition Circling Around Oneness focuses on unity, a longterm subject of their artistic collaboration as an artist duo in a process to constantly form a unity anew. They see the creation of oneness as a process of getting close, uniting and distancing oneself from one another. A whole, oneness must be created over and over again. Therefore, this is a circular movement.
The two video works by Mwangi Hutter reflect 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. In the installation the black and white colour sprayed window facade of the gallery takes up the signature of Mwangi Hutter – the colour combination of black and white connoting difference, opposition, exchange between people from different origins. As it turns out, the colour sprayed facade of Galerie Wedding is not a blocking, but a permeable surface; the black and white chalk is easily washed away from outside. Looking inside one sees the projection of a man and a woman resting on each their bed. This video installation is titled »The Act of Leaving the Body«. The bodies lie singularly, in the same position, almost inactive, and presented in mirrored projections. A reflective state of a man and a woman circling around the idea of oneness, the death and revival of oneness, oneness despite the singularity of the body?
»Nothing Solid«, a video, and the matching photographic work »The Concept«, 2015, are dedicated to the moments the artists’ daughter lets go of her long dreadlocks. »The Concept« depicts the moment she is hovering before her weighty decision to cut off her dreadlocks and »Nothing Solid« the action itself...
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?
Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Senatskanzlei – Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, des Ausstellungsfonds für Kommunale Galerien.
Das Ausstellungsprogramm POW wird durch die Unterstützung des Bezirksamtes Mitte von Berlin, Amt für Weiterbildung und Kultur, Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur ermöglicht.