My Mother’s Mother
Exhibition project by Syowia Kyambi in cooperation with the researchers Erdmute Alber and Lena Kroeker.
The work My Mother’s Mother is a room installation that fuses women’s voices from both German and Kenyan urban spaces, women living in the middle class milieu. The domestic references created with wallpaper, floor laminates, curtains and ceramic cups symbolize both fragility and strength.
We all have aspirations for a better life that goes beyond the basics of food, shelter, income and love. Often the idea of what this life should consist of is influenced by the consumer market, is governed by our educational and work environment and influenced by political, business and social agenda’s. Thinking that we make choices completely on our own accord is wishful thinking. Gender issues are extremely coded and elusive to grasp in their entirety. Women are the backbone of social structures and they in various ways, hold varying degrees of influence, utilising often-subversive approaches in the shaping of our lives.
In the work My Mother’s Mother you will hear a few voices some content with their lives but most are in a battle of self-preservation.