On Using Science Fiction in Art
“Science fiction is a reminder that not everyone had access to their history.”
Artist Sandra Mujinga shares how she draws on science fiction in her artistic practice, including installation and video art. Read more …
“My entry to science fiction was through afro-futurism,” says Sandra Mujinga, who explains that science fiction can be used to envision new futures. In her work, she often imagines alternative bodies and worlds. It’s also a way for her to reclaim the genre. She explains: “Quite often, this trope is so tied up to colonialism in science fiction. You’re going to an unknown place; you meet something or someone of otherness that doesn’t look like you.”
“It’s so important to keep imagining other realities,” Sandra Mujinga says and continues: “There’s always a possibility to think of other ways of being together. Other economic models. Or other family structures. And I think that science fiction can give space for that.”
Sandra Mujinga (b. 1989, Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo) is a multidisciplinary Norwegian artist and musician who works between Berlin, Germany, and Oslo, Norway. Sandra Mujinga’s work plays with the economies of visibility and disappearance. Her practice is driven by a profound interest in the body – and its absence. Mujinga is known for her uncanny installations, ghostly hooded figures, sculptures resembling flayed skins, and for a hybrid of creatures that are made instruments of observation. Sandra Mujinga takes inspiration from animal survival strategies (such as camouflage) as well as concepts of science fiction such as “world-building” and Afro-futurism. In 2021 Mujinga won the Preis der Nationalgalerie. She participated in the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, ‘The Milk of Dreams’, created by Cecilia Alemani. Her solo exhibition ‘I Build My Skin With Rocks’ opened at Hamburger Bahnhof in December 2022. Recent solo exhibitions include Closed Space, Open World, Malmö Konsthall (2022); LACK Sandefjord Kunstforening, Sandefjord (2022); Solo Oslo Munch, Oslo (2022); Sandra Mujinga, Gothenburg Art Museum (2021); Worldview, Swiss Institute, New York (2021); Spectral Keepers, The Approach, London (2021) and Midnight, Vleeshal, Middelburg (2020).
Sandra Mujinga was interviewed by Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen at her studio in Oslo, Norway, in November 2022.
Camera: Rasmus Quistgaard
Edited and produced by: Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2023
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