Shikongeni's 'Spirit of Harambe' on show

28 Jan 2015 12:49pm
WINDHOEK, 25 JAN (NAMPA) – Internationally and locally recognised artist Ndasuunye Shikongeni's latest offering, known as Papa’s Spirit of Harambe is currently on exhibition at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNNC) here.
The 28-piece artwork exhibition opened up to the public on Friday preceding an acoustic concert by Shikongeni and his band.
Set in the ever changing culture and traditions of indigenous groups around Namibia, Shikongeni’s work seeks to reinforce unified diversity that knows no race or stereotype.
His works resonate ritual order and spirituality and speaks layers of traditional, tribal, urban and contemporary volumes.
The exhibition promises an audience imagination on a painting and provokes individualistic interpretation.
Shikongeni said through this exhibition, he wants everyone to ask themselves why they are on this earth and should therefore ask themselves, 'Why am I on this earth?'
Shikongeni also noted that his work was created in a generation where alcohol and 'beautify' or materialistic needs have taken over.
One of the artworks titled “Namibian dance” was an audience’ favourite during the opening of the exhibition on Friday evening last week.
The painting portrays the life of motion during a traditional dance but does not single out a culture or ethnic group to which it dances for.
The tradition skirt worn by the subject tells folklores but allows the audience to tell the tales themselves.
Shikongeni has managed to capture the nation as one, motion, sound and transformation in the artwork.
Professor Peter Katjavivi who officiated the opening of the exhibition, described Shikongeni as a multitalented artist, committed to Namibian arts and culture through his prints, mixed media and music.
His work has been known to include issues of everyday life, the post-colonial history of Namibia and aspects leading to the question of poverty and traditional rituals.
His works also deal with the world of spirituality and social responsibility.
Katjavivi described him has a commentator and an observer who watches what goes by and what he comes across from time to time and tries to reflect on that in some form.