Namibia Economist (Windhoek)

Namibia: Meditative Photography

Niina Turtola, who was one of the finalists of Namibia's 2011 Month of Photography, presented her latest work at the opening of her exhibition earlier this week at the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre gallery.

Her exhibition which is titled Beyond Coloured Waters depicts within that cannot exist without. "I see a rabbit the height of two meters in the desert. A zebra making a 360 degree turn to show me the stripes on request. Little suns in the waters reflecting. It could not exist without being within. An alien flower. Photographs are the continuation of the unexplainable subconscious being a moment added intuitive action", said Niina.

Niina lives and works as Head of Department for New Media Design at the College of the Arts. For her, art is born from a story. It can be either an idea or a real life situation. The flow is in the context that becomes existence. This is an existential philosophy, her philosophy.

Her equation, "within that cannot exist without" she describes as a blurring of the two concepts, an antithesis to noise, [opposing] the world of distraction, where the subconscious speaks through action, becoming visible. Language set in letters and text.

She started her writing career when she illustrated, wrote and designed her first home-made book. "Beyond Coloured Waters is an exhibition depicting the landscape of the complex mind, soul and existence; - of being an individual in a society among people and the contradiction of it. "I question entertainment business, society and gossip; I question many things. These are my inspiration", she said.

So if you are a photography nut, be sure to head to the FNCC gallery and come witness the existence within, how not to disappear completely. "The beauty, the primacy of pure feeling, the appreciation of the fragments through consistent thinking, seeing, and documenting momentary isolation. In the end there is the compulsion of sharing. It is much more than a wish."

The exhibition runs until 27 September. Entrance is free.

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