The Armory Show (2016)
At The Armory Show, 2016, Mawimbi exhibited the above installation with Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, for the Focus on Africa section, “African Perspectives”, curated by Yvette Mutumba and Julia Grosse. Imagine an “outing”. Not an outing as a noun, but an outing as a verb. “Outing” as a colloquialism for the LGBTQ community. A verb that can both describe the notion of freedom and simultaneously describe a violation upon one’s freedom. Imagine being “outed”, or perhaps, coming out. But what does one come out into? If queerness is not a phenotype, then is coming out not a singular event, but instead a series of negotiations? Or is there in fact a queer aesthetic; queer visibility? Mawimbi, discusses the conundrums of the intersectionality of lesbian, African, Diaspora and queer aesthetics. Through video work and photographic performance, presented within a complex black box, Malinda invited the audience to experience her subjectivity with the help of designer and sculptor Eto Otitigbe. Mawimbi and Otitigbe have begun a collaboration series that works to incorporate architectural line and design into installations for performance and video work.
The works on show were Mawimbi’s three video installations, On Fait Ensemble, Prison Sex II and “the moment that you act as a performer, you act also as the audience of the person in front of you”, as well as Malinda’s collaboration with New York photographer Daniel Jack Lyons as a twelve part photography series, entitled Representation.