German artist Ina Zeuch shows three larger-than-life-paintings of persons who are hidden behind a primitive ape mask. Imprisoned and not visible in their unique individuality they are frozen in different postures. They react ironically, ignorantly or aggressively.
Growing xenophobia in the Western world – as manifest once more in the terrible Norwegian massacre this past July - inspired the artist. She performs with the ape mask herself and photographed all her friends and coincidental acquaintances with it too.
Out of more than 100 photos she selected 3 for the exhibited paintings. Her elaborate mosaic technique allows her to transport the paintings easily and provides great mobility for exhibiting them. From Chicago the works will travel to an art show in Dakar, Senegal in November this year.