New Era (Windhoek)

17 August 2012

Namibia: Amukoto and Co Patronising Goethe

Arts lovers still have the opportunity to savour the works of Namibian Card board print, Monotype and Calligraphy artist, David Amukoto, and about 14 of his peers at the Goethe Centre Auditorium until August 31.

Among those whose work are showing at the centre are Sara Nekomba who studied at John Muafangejo Arts Centre (JMAC), Petrus Amuthenu College of the Arts (COA), Ndjunge Marius (COA), Rudolf Seibeb (JMAC), Ailli Mvula (JMAC), Ziggy Martin (JMAC), Elia Shoohamba (JMAC), Tomas Kleopas (JMAC), Samwele Kamati (COA), Kapanda Nangombe (JMAC), Kaleb Haipinge (JMAC) and Windhoek College of Education), Max Kachuna (JMAC), Marina Indongo (JMAC and COA), Kandjengo Lock (JMAC).

The works of David Amukoto that are showing are: Etemba, Egumbo, Palmtree, Northern Side, Kwedhi and Fish. His great variety of works is composed of sculptures, print pictures as well as watercolours and gives and insight into the vast spectrum of contemporary Namibian art.

Amukoto is known by many for especially his exhibition Otelemba that endorsed the achievement of young artists and focuses more on traditional background last year at Franco National Cultural Centre (FNCC).

His cultural background has played a mayor role in instilling a sense of pride about his past.

He portrays the original traditional life as he saw it when he grew up, using his imagination to interpret the stories that his grandparents used to tell him about their traditions.

"The exhibition is to create an open atmosphere for Namibian artists in which they can present themselves for an interested public regularly visiting our centre.

As the Goethe Centre focuses on German and Namibian cultural exchange projects, this exhibition is a vital part of it, as we offer both a platform for Namibian artists and an opportunity for people coming here to have a look at Namibian contemporary art they would otherwise not have," says Markus.

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