Lydia Schellhammer

Field of Practice:



Solitude fellowship

City, Country:


2020, 2021


Oct 2020 - Mar 2021

Born in Radolfzell/Germany in 1992.

2013-2017: Degree in extracurricular art education at the University of Augsburg/Germany

2016-2017: Period of study abroad at the Académie des Beaux-Arts de Kinshasa with Prof. Dr. Henri Kalama

The German-Congolese duo Mukenge/Schellhammer has been acting as guinea pigs for post-post-colonial theory and practice in the laboratory of contemporary Kinshasa since 2016. The artists expose themselves to confrontational situations within rapidly changing social systems in Europe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and respond to their experiences and investigations in an ongoing artistic process that includes painting, performance, scenography and street art.

In their work, which is located at the intersection of different cultural, social and economic spaces, personal perceptions and individual comfort zones are constantly challenged and destroyed. Everyday experiences leading to a fragmented, multi-layered perspective in which the shreds and fragments of cultural and personal collisions reflect and question one another form the gateway to a conceptual approach which allows opposites to stand unchallenged instead of being dissolved.

An entanglement of expressive techniques, academic painting and the everyday mainstream, the visual results establish a connection between elitist art appreciation and mass culture. The duo has exhibited works at the Grand Hotel Cosmopolis, Augsburg/Germany (2016), the Swiss Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kinshasa (2018), the Augsburg Brecht Festival (2018) and the Institut Français Kinshasa (2019), among others. Mukenge/Schellhammer have collaborated with Gintersdorfer/Klaßen and Gintersdorfer/Yao on projects at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin/Germany, in the context of the exhibition Skulptur Projekte Münster/Germany, at MC93, Paris/France, and at Theater Kampnagel, Hamburg/Germany.