After working and living together for a long time, Ingrid Mwangi and Robert Hutter (*1975 Kenya, *1964 Germany) began signing their works together as a unit in 2005. Conceptually, their individual personalities dissolve into a miniature collective, in which the gender and origin of each is transferred to the other. Their works explore the role of skin colourand cultural origins, something also shaped by Mwangi’s experience of moving from Africa to Germany as a teenager. Mwangi studied with Ulrike Rosenbach at the Hochschule Bildende Künste (Academy of Fine Art and Design) in Saar, where Hutter also studied and still teaches today.
The spontaneous performance Eastleigh Crossing shows a woman in casual dress on a street in Nairobi that is completely flooded after a pipe burst. The woman steps into the water. The people walking by are astonished and form a crowd around this apparently foreign and strange woman whose behaviour goes against all norms. Her actions remain mysterious: they are a seemingly ritualistic choreography in water, the medium of cleansing and defilement. JE