14.07 – 11.09.2021
Masks and Soul-Mirrors
WiseTwo holds up masks for us. To mirror our inner life. In order to explore our drives and wants, to understand who we are.
Masks decorate and they hide. They make people seem mysterious. They can lure gently or inspire grim fear. They express and evoke feelings. They can represent wisdom and power and invoke protection and hope when danger looms.
What masks convey touches our inner. Masks shape relationships. Since thousands of years in all cultures
They lead us to archetypes of the collective unconscious.
Shamans want to heal illnesses with masks, drive away evil spirits, alleviate pain and suffering, and ask ancestors and higher beings for help to cope better with the present life.
We all mask ourselves again and again. We don’t even have to build masks to do this. We can mask ourselves with the chosen expression of our face.This is how we want to influence how we are seen and evaluated by others.
We strive to slip into roles, to shape ourselves – depending on the situation and requirements – in order be perceived by others in the most favorite way. We stage ourselves publicly with such self-masking. What we represent in this way has J.G. Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, referred to as our “persona”.
With profound mask images, WiseTwo leads us to archaic symbols and stories and to self-reflection. To discover inner secrets and to understand ourselves better and thus to became capable to shape our lives more consciously.
WiseTwo – A World-Artist
He is a world-artist. A global nomad: Bhupi Jethwa, known under the pseudonym “WiseTwo”. He is Kenyan with Indian roots, lives in Nairobi and began his artistic ventures there.
His pictures are full of symbols with masks, signs and references to shamanic rituals. Enigmatic, mysterious and then suddenly crystal clear. He himself says, you can also see a searching in it, reflections on human existence and culture in all their diversity. Imagining of ideas, knowledge and wisdom, a reflection of identity and belonging. With his art, WiseTwo gives us stories that – in terms of themes and color schemes – are about the pursuit of balance and harmony. They are subtle and powerful and refer to untamed impulses and meditation, showing us joy, pain, life and death.
For the viewer it is an encouragement to contemplate – ultimately to consider the meaning of life. WiseTwo is a wanderer between old and new worlds. His paintings refer to ancient civilizations and the invisible thread of connection between people and cultures across time and space. He is ambitious, takes up social and cultural issues, promotes tolerance and humanity, calls for discussion about conditions and attitudes and behaviors that conflict with these values.
WiseTwo – the pseudonym shows claim and self-irony. “Wise” is meant to express the search for wisdom. “Two” expresses humility. Because nobody is “the wise one”. The way is the goal – as a constant effort.