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The Institut Mathildenhöhe
Darmstadt, GER
26.6. - 4.12.2022


The Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt is pleased to present an exhibition by the artist Nadira Husain (b. 1980), who lives and works in Berlin, Paris, and Hyderabad. The show in the Artists’ Colony Museum on the Mathildenhöhe takes a significant contemporary position in the discourse relating to postmi- gration, transculturality and feminism. A new site-specific installation has been created for this solo exhibition that examines phenomena concerning cultural and economic globalization. The exhibition title Manzil Monde, which draws on the meanings of “house” and “world” in Urdu, Arabic, and French, is the leitmotif of the exhibition situated in the historic Sculptor Studios of the Ernst Ludwig House.

In her works, Husain interweaves figures, symbols, and ornaments from differ- ent cultures that reflect the artist’s own multicultural experience. Through blends and motivic transfers, similarities and divergences between mythology and pop culture are revealed. Her impartial approach to icons of cultural iden- tification and the widely ramified tradition of storytelling aids the artist in dis- solving hierarchies. As a consequence, chimeras inspired by mythology and comic figures appear on an equal level in an interlinking web of relationships.