Abdul Sharif Baruwa

Galerie Grita Insam

In one of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, a little girl climbs down a well. Down below, where everything looks identical to our world, she enters the service of Frau Holle, the mythical figure who makes it snow on our earth by beating and airing out the feather pillows. Down below is also up above. The switch between the two spheres is only natural.

Precisely this curious model of the world was evoked by the young artist Abdul Sharif Baruwa, who was until recently a student at Vienna’s Akademie der Bildenden Künste in the studio of Gunther Damisch. This was his first solo exhibition. Under the title “Welcome,” Baruwa exhibited Holzhäuschen (Small wooden house), 2002; Flügelwerkstatt (Wing workshop), 2002, a studio constructed of simple wooden planks for the production of paper angel wings; and various other objects and drawings. A model of the Wing Workshop had hung from the ceiling

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