StArt Art Gallery presents – Finding Memories: Additions to an everyday archive of independence

by | Feb 10, 2021 | Blog post

StArt Art Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition ‘Finding Memories: an everyday archive of independence’. Participating Artists include – Tuli Mekondjo, Isabel Katjavivi, Shomwatala Shivute, Lok Kandjengo, Petrus Amuthenu, and Ndinomholo Ndilula.

The artists have responded visually and performatively to the idea of an ‘Everyday Archive of Independence’, contributing artworks about Namibian Independence. The artists have drawn on their experiences and that of their families and acquaintances using a wide variety of media and approaches. The artwork – photography, clothing, stitching, painting, audio, printmaking and performance – are an important addition to telling the complex story of Namibian Independence. 

This exhibition stems from an existing project that started in 2020 which invited contributions of photographs or audio to an online space on An Everyday Archive of Independence. This archive holds space for multiple voices and experiences of Independence in Namibia. Official narratives and photo-journalism from this time in history often focused on capturing the pain and suffering of this era. While these narratives play an important role in helping us remember the past they have also alienated us from our history and made it harder to talk about the past. This archive holds space for collective and personal remembrance of this era. 

All are invited to the virtual opening of the exhibition on February 11, 2021. Please RSVP using this link.

2020 was a year like no other – read founders’ Helen Harris and Gina Figueira blog to see how they weathered the year as well as their plans for 2021. For more about the gallery please visit