Doppelgänger Curated by Imke Kannegießer 45cbm studio space Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden Baden 19 May – 16 July 2017
Doppelgänger presents three works, including a new site-specific mural. The wooden shield serves as a foundation for a colorful ornamentation and as a wall object, oscillates between functionality and decor. The exhibition space is divided by the work Cosmophagy (2015). The curtain is made out of plastic bits that are found littered on the beaches and waterways of Kenya. The use of recycled flip-flops to create art is a project initiated by the marine conservationist Julie Church in the nineties, a practice that Mann has adopted and continues to use. The mural mimics the shape of the shield and feigns convexity and plasticity.
The exhibition title Doppelgänger refers to the formal similarity of the works, and to a mystical connection with the viewer. We are tempted to identify the works with each other, but instead our own understanding of culture is reflected in the relationship of perception and recognition.