21 January 2013

Namibia: Last Call for Land Matters in Art

It's been two months since Minister of Lands and Resettlement, Alpheus G !Naruseb, first sowed the seeds of imagination that would grow into creative pieces regarding controversial issues such as land restitution, land registration, conservation and the apathy blossoming in Namibia.

Today, with just a few days left until painters, printers, illustrators, photographers, sculptors and moviemakers, or any other type of visual artist is due to submit their interpretation of the theme 'Land Matters in Art', project coordinator Katharina Wyss of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) makes a last call to artists.

"Visual artists from all walks of life are invited to contribute their creative expressions about land and land reform in Namibia," says Wyss. "This call for artists and artworks goes out to artists from all language groups and different social backgrounds. Entries can be delivered to the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) between January 21 to 25. "

Having been officially launched at the Katutura Community Arts Centre (KCAC) last October, Wyss trusts that local first time, amateur and professional artists have been hard at work to meet the deadline. Artists interpreting the theme through installation and land art submitted proposals last November and their structures will be spouting in public viewing spaces soon with the entire group exhibition scheduled for March.

"Artists have already handed in artwork concepts in the field of installation and land art and four of them have been chosen for exhibition," say Wyss. "Since the group of partners launched this project in October 2012, the feedback from the Namibian art scene has been enormous and Namibian farmers have already started talking about it."

Wyss further ensures that the project's selection panel made out of experts and the curator group will create an extraordinary exhibition and urges local artists to "join this unique opportunity to tell your side of the story and share your interpretation of land reform in Namibia. How do you identify with land and land reform? In which ways do you consider the land your heritage, your pride?"

Artists can hand in their artworks between January 21 to 25 at the NAGN. The first exhibition will take place at the end of March in Windhoek.

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