Revisiting genocide: Analysing the past is not buried

October 3, 2017, 11:53pm

 

by Kelvin Chiringa

Aesthetically compelling, emotionally overwhelming and shockingly horrendous, Isabell Katjavivi’s rendition of the most brutal episode of the Nama-Herero Genocide at the behest of the Germany General Van Trotha perhaps needs a very close, more in-depth look.

Katjavivi’s choice of medium is almost ritualistic and spiritually binding. Her depiction of struggle and near extinction of two of Namibia’s tribes that fell victim to the rage of hate in one of the most emotional times of Germany occupation of the South West Africa surpasses any narrow limits.

 

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