Born in Kenya to a German mother and a Kenyan father, Ingrid Mwangi relocated to Germany in 1990. From 1994 to 1998, she studied at the Saar College of Fine Arts in Saarbrücken, Germany, furthering her education with a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes in Bonn, Germany and a funded residency at the Rhineland-Palatinate studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France.
With an interdisciplinary practice, Mwangi explores her own experience as a Black woman in German society, and as a woman within the dual cultures she aligns with; African and German. Utilising her body as a vehicle for expression, Mwangi’s artworks channel her thoughts on debates about racism, discrimination toward people of colour, and the tensions arising from socio-cultural assemblage. Also reckoning with accounts of violence enacted against bodies – a considerable preoccupation for Mwangi – she works to challenge oppressive structures and forms of disavowal in relation to human injustices and abuse.