Restitution Mami Wata Sculpture to UCTT at Villa Karo, Grand Popo, with Georgette Singbe, Anani Aiangnon and Mamissi DaPovi Mami Wata figure, original and copy Tempel for Mami Wata, Ageougan, as part of future UCCT culture center Mami Wata altar of UCTT member, Aného Kauri oracle at Mamissa DaPovi Dazo Dji from Mamissi DaPovi, Agouegan Sakpata Necklace from Mamissi DaPovi Logo von UCTT, l'Union des Cultes Traditionelles du Togo For a Split Second, videostill For a Split Second, videostill Humbold Lab, Museum for Ethnology, Dahlem, 2015 Videostill from material of Kinect camera Still of video material by Kinect camera Video Still, Hexiesso altar, Agouegan, Togo Video Still, Hexiesso altar, Agouegan, Togo Transportable altar Berlin at After the Butcher

“Pulling Matter from Unknown Sources” is an ongoing, collaborative, experimental, research project. The project was triggered by a meeting with Messanh Amedegnato, a friend of the artist’s in Berlin who was consecrated as highpriest to Hèviesso (deity of thunder) in Agouegan, Aného,Togo, in 2014, and has since been known as Togbé Hounon Hounougbo Bahousou. Ter Heijne was interested in the connection between materiality, technology and spirit in the rituals surrounding Amedegnato’s inauguration and his subsequent practice in Togo and Berlin, which toggles locality and cultural significance. As part of her research in Berlin and Togo, Ter Heijne interviewed Togbé Hounon and priestess Mami Da Povi on the restitution of spiritual objects, the importance and meaning of various ingredients used in Hevièsso ceremonies, about oral histories, and on the subject of unisex and genderless deities. Since the project began, Ter Heijne’s home and studio have served as a place for a portable alter dedicated to Hèviesso. It allows ter Heijne to act as both a researcher and participant, further displacing traditional concepts of authorship that continue to dominate the Western art world. Since 2014 the artists works together with the UCTT (L’Union de Cultes Traditionelles du Togo) on various projects. In January 2020, a Mami Wata sculpture was restituted to the UCTT by the collector Matti Juhani Karila. Goals around the restitution are to activate the sculpture and to realise a culture center around it in Agouegan, Aného, Togo.

This project has been shown at
Mathilde ter Heijne and Norbert Witzgall, AFTER THE BUTCHER, Berlin, 2014
Springer nochmals, The Humboldt Lab Dahlem, Berlin, 2015