Making love to unknown cities, 2018-2022

Katrin Ströbel


Performance in collaboration with Diyae Bourhim, artist.

Thursday August 25 2022 at 6.30 pm. JAIMES exhibition, Triangle-Astérides, Tour Jobin, 4th floor.


“Making love to unknown cities” is both an installation and a performative lecture that was developed for the exhibition “My North is your South” at La Kunsthalle Mulhouse in 2018. It is a multi-layered project about the (female) body, public space and space(s) of intimacy. “Making loves to unknown cities” are two identical jumpsuits that can be worn in two ways. Architectural drawings, travel routes, bits of personal maps and fragments of texts are printed of the fabric. These elements frame the body within a specific context and evoke the impact that our urban environment has on the individual. Clothing becomes a significant second skin, burdened by history and culture. The edition “Making love to unknown cities” in French, German, and translated in arabic darija in the frame of JAIMES exhibition which examines the relation between, gender, body and public space in different cultural contexts.





Katrin Ströbel


Katrin Ströbel’s drawings, in situ works and installations are based on a critical questioning of the social and geopolitical conditions that define our daily lives. Ströbel’s work addresses cultural codes and (visual) languages, but also with topics such as colonialism, migration and forced dis- placement and shows how the politics of gender and space are linked. With a critical and ironic perspective, the artist deconstructs gender relations and female stereotypes in her drawings and collages.


Katrin Ströbel has presented her work in solo and group exhibitions around the world; among others in Berlin, Lima, Lagos, Rabat, Brisbane, New York, Marrakech, Johannesburg and Dakar. In France, her work has been presented at the MAMAC in Nice (2021), the Frac Picardie (2022), the Frac Lorraine in Metz (2016), the espace de l’art concret in Mouans Sartoux (2018), the Kunsthalle in Mulhouse (2018), Drawing Now, salon de dessin contemporain Paris (2022) and Pareidolie in Marseille (2017).


Diyae Bourhim


Born in Rabat in 1999, Diyae Bourhim develops the project “Maisons à Vendre”, a project initiated during an artistic residency in Tanger, on the habitats of the medina. This reflection that turns to the intimate comes to re-narrate the life stories that a house, a home, could evoke. Through mediums such as sculpture, embroidery, silk-screening, and photography, Diyae Bourhim explores the intersections of the intimate and the public that are expressed through the habitat, and the different plastic and visual possibilities it can offer. “Searching for the architectural forms of intimacy, I will build homes with the accumulated stories and memories of its inhabitants as edifices.”

Currently in residency in Fræme as part of the Résidences Méditerranée

Katrin Ströbel Making love to unknown cities, 2018-2022. Courtesy of the artist. ©Camille CHASTANG