Zora Mann. Coagula

25 Apr 2015 – 13 Jun 2015

Regular opening hours

12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00
12:00 – 18:00


Berlin, Germany


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Zora Star Cahusac Mann was born in Amersham UK in 1979, from African parents (her mother from Uganda and father from Kenya). She grew up travelling, between Europe, Africa and America, where her family moved during her infancy following a hippie movement.


After relocating in Germany, at age 13, she started a modelling career which continued successfully for 11 years, when she decided to quit with the fashion business and study art.

From that moment on, the references of her past life started to appear into her work: tribal art, African decorations, intuitive patterns, subconscious and dreamy-like images, colourful motives, ornamentals models… all of them carry references to her personal story and visual background.

Mann is an atypic contemporary artist, her work being at hinge between craft-art and contemporary western art, where ‘decoration’ is mainly consider non-art.
Her point of view challenge a very true cultural paradox: what is for Western people meaningless ornament, is for tribal culture full of references, spirit, implications and allusions.

Her personal position is constantly in between the two, between her origins and her nowadays life, as well as her former life as a professional runaway model. Her work is as attracting as difficult to place, almost impossible to frame into the contemporary art complex, leaving her presence an aura of ambiguity which is typical of the artist’s figures.


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