Mitumba Reveal

Photography series of performance (selection) Amsterdam 2021 photography Dominique Panhuysen

A gift is not a piece broken off from the inner life of the giver

Zawadi si kiungo kilichonyofolewa kwenye nafsi ya mtoaji

‘The “Mitumba Monster” dressed in heaps of wrinkled, twisted clothes may also be seen as the “Capitalist Monster” who feeds on the culture of excess. A culture of excess brought to a people who live in anything but. Jan subversively raises another conversation – how much choice do the receivers have when dealing with a gift they did not ask for but are forced to accept? The West remains as an “exemplary” social model – although detached and otherwise unbothered by where all their giving goes.’ – Valeria A. Amani