Born in Nairobi (Kenya), 1975Lives & works in Ludwigshafen am Rhein (Germany) Very active in: 90s, 2000s, Current decade
Ingrid Mwangi is an established artist who spent the first 15 years of her life in Kenya and has been living in Germany ever since. She uses her body to make a political statement, creating work that is innovative, visually striking and often shocking. Through photography, performance, sound, installation and video, the artist has created a body of work that questions both social and political conventions.
Recently, Mwangi has carried her explorations of identity to the next step - she has merged her artistic identity with that of her husband, Robert Hutter. They now share the same name. In reference to that, she says: "I'm IngridMwangiRobertHutter. And I try to develop a consciousness in which I have those two bodies. So when I make art, I put that masculine white body in relationship to this feminine 'black body'. This is very exciting, because we are dealing with the materiality of the body. It expands the breadth of the whole theme: the concept for me comes from living. It's how you live it, how you work with it, how it manifests itself, rather than just projecting the idea that we want to be one person."