Mateus Shilongo, Livestock Identification, Mixed Media, 2015
Helen Harris, National Art Gallery of Namibia, ARTBeat
It has been a quarter of a century since Namibia became independent. 25 Years Later... and we are here.
A new year, a new President, a shuffling of ministries, an incredible Silver Jubilee and the itching feeling that change is upon us. Times for celebration like this are also times of reflection and contemplation.
25 Years Later... was initiated by the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) in order for us and the artistic community of Namibia to take a step back and take stock.
The Gallery received submissions from a wide variety of Namibian artists, students and professionals, with a gratifying array of approaches to the theme.
The selection committee (Kaleb Haipinge and Barbara Bohlke) met with the curatorial team to appraise and consider each of the submitted works.
During this process many issues were discussed however special attention was paid to relevance to theme and how successful the artist was at bringing their ideas across in their work.
Careful notes were taken during the process and artists whose work was not selected had the option of receiving feedback from the curatorial team.
The exhibition was opened on the 15 October 2015 in the NAGN Main Gallery by Angelika Schroeder –Rector at the College of the Arts. The opening night was well attended by artists and the wider community.
Special mention should be given to an ambitiously sized work by Nahambelelwe Neumbo (approx 2.5x2.5 meters) This amateur artists discovered the NAGN through her participation in the Bank Windhoek 30x30 competition.
It was with pleasure that the Gallery accepted this work for exhibition, while it is clear from her technique that she is still developing her talent it is also clear that her ambition will take her far.
After the exhibition the work was donated to the Cancer Association of Namibia.