New Era (Windhoek)

25 January 2013

Namibia: Blue Frog Restaurant Hosts Kari's Exhibit

Windhoek — Kari Smaage presents a collection of photo portraits of Namibian women who have inspired her with their selfless work for their communities.

The exhibition entitled Homage to My Mother opens on Monday, February 4 at the Blue Frog Restaurant of the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC)'s Blue Frog Restaurant. Entry to the exhibition is free and it opens at half-past six, 18h30. "My passion is to capture the personality of my models, and sometimes the only possible way to communicate is through the camera", says Norwegian born, Kari Smaage. Smaage has been working for the Namibia Association of Norway since 2008. In cooperation with the Namibian Ministry of Education she is involved in a project called Traditional Life Skills. The project's aim is to motivate and train parents and grandparents to teach children traditional skills. The parents and grandparents are working voluntarily at schools, churches and in the community as a whole. "Through my job I met many strong and active women", says Smaage. "They work quietly without expecting any reward. Some years back I started to portrait these women, trying to capture their strength and pride. Their life has been hard work and still is.

With this exhibition I pay homage to the mothers." The artist will donate profit of any sales of her artworks to the women portrayed in the photos. The exhibition will be on at the Blue Frog Restaurant until March 8.

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