Political journey

Katrin Ströbel – géographies | Reversion

Katrin Ströbel, géographies, 2014, diptych, passport fragment and found drawing, 25 x 55 cm, Courtesy of the artist, © Katrin Ströbel, photo: unknown

As a commuter and traveling artist, changes of location and perspective are a central element of Katrin Ströbel’s oeuvre. She combines found objects and reformulates them. 

Through the combination of the passport fragment and the drawing, a new image emerges. The passport’s torn and worn appearance is not only reminiscent of numerous journeys but also, merely visually, of a flag. Since Ströbel‘s work challenges Eurocentric perspectives, a political level of meaning seems likely.


Katrin Ströbel, Reversion, 2015 / 2016, drawing on mirror, 142 x 92 x 14 cm, Courtesy of the artist, © Katrin Ströbel, photo: unknown

The image of a woman of color, who looks at us, who is virtually put on display before us, as the result of a colonial policy that has not yet been dealt with, is not uncommon. Katrin Ströbel, however, lets us look into a mirror in which the drawing of the woman overlaps our own reflection. 

The penetrating gaze invites us to reflect on our Eurocentric perspective. With her work, originally shown as part of the exhibition Colonize my Mind (2016 at Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken), Ströbel also questions her own position as a white, privileged artist in non-European countries.