Falling In Love, Again

Falling In Love, Again

Mariane Ibrahim Gallery presents Falling In Love, Again by Ingrid Mwangi and Mwangi Hutter. Believers in the existence of soul mates often say that individuals who maintain this connection share a soul split across a two bodies. Mwangi Hutter embodies this belief. The husband and wife duo maintain a joint artistic practice in the service of a single vision. This doesn’t imply that they are working together all the time, or at the same time, but rather that the execution of their shared vision is about their diverse parts coming together to form a whole, in pursuit of a common understanding of what it means to be one.

Oil, acrylic paint and liquid chalk are the component parts of the paintings in Falling In Love, Again. Mwangi Hutter comprises two artists combine their bodies to create one experience of pleasure. The paints soak into the canvas outlining the male and female bodies. Where the white paint spills into the black and the black into the white, the colour grey emerges symbolic of the unison achieved in intimacy. Hands and arms melt and curve around each body. The male arms buoys the female back as it leans and turns in ecstasy. The journey towards pleasure goes deeper. The bodies become inextricable, having achieved oneness.

Ingrid Mwangi and Robert Hutter were born in Nairobi, Kenya and Ludwigshafen, Germany respectively. They merged their names and biographies and became a single artist (Mwangi Hutter) in 2005. Working with video, sound, photography, installation, sculpture, painting and performance, the artists use themselves as the sounding board to reflect on changing societal realities, creating an aesthetic of self-knowledge and interrelationship.

Their work have featured in several exhibitions across Africa, Asia, Europe, United States and South America, including at the São Paulo Biennial, the Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Dak’Art Biennale, and the Mori Museum in Tokyo. Currently, Mwangi Hutter are participating in the Kenyan pavilion as a part of the 57th Venice Biennale.

The exhibition runs till July 21, 2017.


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