“… that’s what I like about the idea of being a foreign agent, that you have a perspective on cultures; you’re already foreign in your own culture, but you remain foreign to the culture that’s your host.”
Katrin Ströbel operates in a state of “mental transit”, as she is regularly at the interface between two countries, between two cultures, and many points of view. For the artist, who works in Morocco and in other countries of the continent, Morocco is an interface country, a real place of transit between “Orient and Occident”, between Africa and Europe.
In this exhibition at Le Cube – independent art room, she presents her approach on the theme of movement / travel as a real, deep and poetic relationship to the world. Ströbel is questioning her own culture (or cultures), her visual and verbal languages, migration and the injustices related to travel. She is also interested in clichés, exotic aspects and nomadism.
In her video Rivers of Babylon, realized in 2007 in Morocco, as well as in her new series Arabic short stories, she talks about interest in the other, possibilities and limitations of communication, and cultural gaps and misunderstandings: a dialogue that is never clear, and requires efforts to fully grasp.
The video installation, L’autre côté, is composed of two projections facing each other in two separate areas. It tells the stories of two young men who construct, with their story, an image of unknown or distant countries.
Some of her works have been produced during her residency at Le Cube – independent art room.