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Felisha Maria

Felisha is a painter and researcher from Trinidad and Tobago who lives in France and Germany. Driven by inherited paradigms of romance and kinship, she examines the recontextualization of cultural commodities in language, literature and history, using painting, texts and interactive installations.

Her current project, HEIMATSCHUTZ: Colonial Continuities in Schleswig-Holstein’s Harbour Cities examines the inherent violence in the architecture and infrastructure of post-colonial cities, and their role in engineering and perpetuating the myth of german memory culture. Focusing on colonial traces in harbour cities on and near the Baltic Sea, she works with Integrative Geographies at the Europa-Universität in Flensburg, which deals with reparative justice.

In 2021, with the funding of the BBK Bundesverband, she developed the artistic dress project, Parade Créole, based on the impulses of Anna Muthesius’ Das Eigenkleid der Frau (1903) and Frantz Fanon’s Peau noire, masques blancs (1952). This project explores the colonised female body’s intimate negotiations of europeanised space, as well as phenomena of research aesthetics. Drawing Breath, a limited edition Artist’s Book, is the documentation of this work.

Since 2017 she has been an Associate Lecturer in Fine Arts at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Art and Design in Kiel.

Member:
HKW New Alphabet School
Kiel Postkolonial
Flensburg Postkolonial
BBK Berlin
BBK Schleswig-Holstein

UPCOMING

October- December, 2022
Installation
Badgyal Elegies
Theatre Pilkentafel
Flensburg

October, 2022 – March, 2023
Reading Group
Towards a decolonial feminist art practise in Kiel
Fine Arts Department + Diversity Commission
Muthesius University of Fine Art and Design
Kiel and Online

PAST


August, 2022
Installation
(Reading 27.08.22 at 11:00)
Parade Créole: Drawing Breath
FREIRAUM
Museum of Applied Arts
Festival der partizipativen Räume
Hamburg

October, 2022
Research Residency
National Museum of Wales
Cardiff

October- November, 2022
Seminar/Excursion
Anti-Racist Curation at the Milk of Dreams,
Biennale di Venezia
Venice