Curated by Àngels Miralda
Exhibition: 29 January - 18 February, 2018
Horse and Pony Fine Arts, Berlin
Images courtsey of Horse and Pony Fine Arts
Shawl (Elephant Ears) #1-3,6,8
Sandra Mujinga, Shawl (Elephant Ears) #2, PVC, acrylic paint, faux leather, grommets,
carabiner, glycerin, threaded rod, rod coupling, hooks, 2017.
Mujinga’s textile works play on the performative ability of textiles and material layering.
Shawl (elephant ear) proposes a new functionality for clothing. When used as a prop, the
textile does not necessarily cover one individual but could be worn in parts by several
performers. Questioning the singularity of the human individual, the textiles also refer to our
planetary co-inhabitants - in this case the elephant with other pieces in the series
referencing the octopus and other critters, earth-dwellers, and parallel species.
The series is based off of Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis trilogy which imagines a future where
benevolent colonisers reach the earth and change the course of human history. Butler’s
narrative written at the end of the cold war (between 87 to 89) pits the two species apart
and unable to compromise with humans who act ungrateful to the technological and genetic
advancements brought to earth and fight to survive in a pure human environment. Butler’s
own biographical trajectory follows her as an award-winning black female science-fiction
writer who was able to become a successful and influential figure in the face of all adversity.