The Congolese-German duo Mukenge/Schellhammer is a guinea pig for post-post-colonial theory and practice between Kinshasa and Europe since 2016. From February 24 to March 6, 2021, the two current Solitude fellows are presenting their work at Oberwelt in Stuttgart, an artist association that deals with the analysis and questioning of current ideas of art among other topics.
With Exotic Brain Holiday, the duo Mukenge/Schellhammer contributes to this discussion by playing with the imagery of exoticism and reinterpreting everyday cliche-ridden ideas and images. Lydia Schellhammer and Christ Mukenge are exploring the fictional representation of the other, they resort to strategic self-exoticisation in a variety of cultural, social and economic contexts. Mukenge/Schellhammer’s work frustrate a categorisation and association with not just the cultural context and its artistic traditions but also with geographical origin. Their individual styles and cultural imprints are blurred by their specific collaboration on co-signed paintings, performances and videos.
On view: February 24 to March 6, 2021
In the event of a lockdown extension, there will be a publicly visible installation in Oberwelt’s window during the planned exhibition dates.
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