On occasion of her receipt of the 2021 Preis der Nationalgalerie, the artist presents the new video installation I Build My Skin with Rocks at the Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart. At its center stands a hybrid creature—half human, half elephant—whose appearance is informed by Mujinga’s pronounced interest in the worldbuilding techniques of science fiction as well as animals’ survival strategies. The publication of the same title offers the first comprehensive overview of the artist’s multifaceted output, rounded out by probing essays by Daniel Milnes, Thangam Ravindranathan, Wong Binghao, and Kathryn Yusoff that challenge established narratives around Sandra Mujinga’s oeuvre and chart fresh perspectives in postcolonial theory, animal studies, gender and queer perspectives.
The biennial Preis der Nationalgalerie has been awarded since 2000 and honors the work of contemporary artists under 40. Previous recipients have included Cyprien Gaillard, Anne Imhof, and Monica Bonvicini.
2022 Softback Publisher: Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. ISBN: 9783954765355 Dimensions: 20.5 × 26.8 cm Pages: 312pp £40