Croy Nielsen (AT)

Oliver Croy and Henrikke Nielsen founded Croy Nielsen in Berlin in 2008. In 2017 they relocated to Vienna, where the gallery is situated in a historical building. The program includes several Nordic artists, who had their first gallery exhibitions at Croy Nielsen, such as Marie Lund, Nina Beier, Birke Gorm, and Sandra Mujinga.

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Croy Nielsen presents a solo booth by Sandra Mujinga, based on 3 of her iconic, larger-than-life sculptures. Though the hooded figures clearly refer to the human body, animal-like features mean they defy categorisation. In 'Lovely Hosts', a series of pictures from one of the artist’s journeys to Kisangani, the images are threatened with total dissolution.

'Lovely Hosts 1', 2016, Inkjet print on Baryta paper, grommets and carabiner 61 x 48 cm.

'Lovely Hosts 2', 2016, Inkjet print on Baryta paper, grommets and carabiner 61 x 48 cm.

'Hoarse Globules', 2018, installation view, UKS, Oslo.

'Hoarse Globules', 2018, installation view, UKS, Oslo.

Sandra Mujinga (NO)

Sandra Mujinga’s practice is concerned with visibility and the avoidance of surveillance or capture. Drawing on Afrofuturist fiction and posthuman thought, several recent works have imagined speculative worlds in which hybrid characters have adopted technologies and techniques from forms of non-human life, such as nocturnality, mutability and camouflage, in order to evade threat or to simply live comfortably. In Mujinga’s work, the black body refuses coherent visual representation and instead exists in a state of constant rendering and disappearance.

Sandra Mujinga (b. 1989, Congo) lives and works between Oslo and Berlin. Recent and upcoming solo exhibitions include: Swiss Institute, New York; Göteborgs Konstmuseum (both 2021); Vleeshal, Middleburg (2020); Bergen Kunsthall (2019). Recent and upcoming group shows include New Museum Triennial, New York; ICA, Los Angeles; Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (all 2021) and Kunstverein Hannover (2020).

Ghosting

Soft PVC, denim, acrylic paint, oil paint, glycerine, threaded rods and rod couplings. Dimensions variable
2019

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Installation view Witch Hunt, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, 2020
Photo by David Stjernholm
Courtesy of Croy Nielsen, Vienna

Nokturnal Kinship

Coated PU leather, grommets, polyester, lycra fabric, reflector fabric 3 sculptures, each: 270 x 80 x 50 cm
2018

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Installation view Beyond the Black Atlantic, Kunstverein Hannover, 2020
Photo by Volker Crone
Courtesy of Croy Nielsen, Vienna

Mottle

Soft PVC, acrylic paint, PU leather, denim, grommets, carabiner, 320 × 60 cm
2018

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Installation view Calluses, Tranen, Hellerup, 2020
Photo by Jan Søndergaard
Courtesy of Croy Nielsen, Vienna

Mottle

Soft PVC, acrylic paint, PU leather, denim, grommets, carabiner 320 x 60 cm
2018

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Installation view Hoarse Globules, UKS, Oslo, 2018
Courtesy of Croy Nielsen, Vienna

Camouflage Waves #1

Inkjet print on film, soft PVC, grommets, threaded rods, 194 x 128 cm
2018

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Installation view Calluses, Tranen, Hellerup, 2020
Photo by Jan Søndergaard
Courtesy of Croy Nielsen, Vienna

"Mujinga’s work critiques the violence of representation – what it means to be in the spotlight as opposed to moving in the dark."

Eric Otieno Sumba

Frieze Magazine, April 2021

Sandra Mujinga installation view 'Seasonal Pulses', Croy Nielsen, Vienna, 2019. Photo by Kunst-dokumentation.com