SOLO OSLO Sandra Mujinga and Zeenat Amiri
SOLO OSLO is a series of solo exhibitions at MUNCH in which an artist and a mediator, early in their careers, get the opportunity to develop their practice. For this first edition, we have invited artist Sandra Mujinga (b. 1989) and mediator Zeenat Amiri (b. 1989), who both explore questions and belonging and alienation in their work.
It can be hard to hide in today’s digital culture where people’s lives can be tracked and documented in detail. At the same time, the Internet offers infinite opportunities to recreate and manipulate one’s image, to hide behind avatars or clone oneself on social media. In her first solo exhibition at MUNCH, Mujinga uses new technology as a point of departure for examining the role of shadows, and the shift between opacity and visibility. In one of the museum’s most spectacular exhibition spaces with its eight-meter high ceiling, Mujinga has created an installation in which three monster-like sculptures project moving images of a figure – an avatar Mujinga has created – through translucent glass walls. Visitors’ shadows merge with the figure’s, whose form is inspired by cartoon superheroes, science fiction and what the artist refers to as “speculative deep sea creatures”. The figure can be described as “post-human” in that it is neither animal nor human, real or imaginary, but a shapeshifter. The installation is bathed in Mujinga’s characteristic green light, which creates an alienating, almost ethereal atmosphere in the exhibition space.
In her mediation project, Zeenat Amiri (b. 1988) has worked closely with Salam, the organisation for queer Muslims in Norway. Through conversations and surveys, Amiri has developed an alternative form of museum spectatorship that emphasises live experience over existing knowledge. In close dialogue with Salam’s members, Amiri has explored how to facilitate positive encounters with art exhibitions for young people from diverse cultural backgrounds. The outcome of Amiri’s discursive mapping is a mediation project concerned with taking up space and trusting one’s own voice when experiencing contemporary art.