A closer look at works from the exhibition 'A wall is just a wall (and nothing more at all)' by Kapwani Kiwanga. Jalousie 2018 Steel tubing, mirrorpane, and silicone. Commissioned by Esker Foundation, Calgary, 2018. Jalousie is a sculptural folding screen comprised of steel tubing and one-way mirror, or glass that is designed to appear reflective on one side and transparent on the other. While Kiwanga’s chosen materials evoke a contemporary setting, with one-way mirror appearing frequently as a surveillance mechanism in airports or interrogation rooms, Jalousie’s form references the visual vocabulary of colonial architecture and design. Typically a jalousie is a slatted shutter or blind that appears frequently in tropical settings. Its adjustable louvers allow for one to peer out without being seen, while also creating shade and facilitating the circulation of cool air—a central concern ofproponents of the public hygiene movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Subjective concepts of Victorian-era ‘hygiene’ were mobilized by European colonists as a means of enforcing hegemonic colonial rule, and of justifying racial segregation and the surveillance of racialized bodies. Kiwanga’s gesture towards the intersection of public ‘hygiene’ practices and the colonial project demonstrates that the mechanisms of surveillance, discipline, and social management explored in jalousie and elsewhere in the exhibition are not applied or monitored equitably. Jalousie’s central position within the gallery space allows viewers to occupy either side of this power dynamic—the observer, or the observed—depending on which side of the sculpture one is standing. #KapwaniKiwanga #awallisjustawall #Jalousie #EskerExhibitions #hygeine #racialized #mirrorglass #mirrors #sculpture #contemporaryart #artist #artvideo Videography: Aquiles Ascencion.