Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja

b. 1987, Katatura, Namibia; lives in Katatura/ Cape Town.

Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja is a performer, educator and writer with practice-research interests in performance, archives and public culture. His research on Oudano — an African concept of performance — looks at its mobilisations of queer praxis, sonic and movement formation, as well as critical pedagogies and spatialities.


Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja is a performer, educator and writer with practice-research interests in performance, archives and public culture. He is currently completing his PhD research work at the University of Cape Town, with a thesis on Oudano, an African concept of performance. This study looks at how Oudano mobilises queer praxis, sonic and movement formation as well as critical pedagogies and spatialities.

Mushaandja’s work has been performed widely at festivals, museums, theatres and archives in Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Cameroon and Namibia. Previous records of Mushaandja’s performance work as Tschuku Tschuku include Black Bantu Child (2012) and Trance !Namib Freedom Station (2017). The latest Tschuku record Ondaanisa yo pOmudhime was released in September 2021 and is available on all online platforms and on CD. Mushaandja’s latest performance project is ZILIN: for the first and future African sonic stars was premiered in 2021 at the National Arts Festival (Makhanda, South Africa) and Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zurich, Switzerland) where it was awarded the ZKB Public Choice Award.


2018: [ongoing] PhD, Performance Studies, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.

Thesis: "Oudano Praxis: Movement, Audiotopia & Archive" 

2015: Master of Arts, Applied Theatre: (Social, Educational and Community Contexts), University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Thesis: "The performer as shaman: an auto ethnographic performance as research project"

2013: Master of Arts, Performing Arts, University of Namibia, Windhoek.

Thesis: "Organizational Theatre as Applied Theatre in the Namibian context: A case study"

2010 Bachelor of Arts, Media Studies and Performing Arts, University of Namibia, Windhoek.

Performances (Namibia & International)

ondaanisa yo pOmudhime (The Dance of the Rubber Tree)

2020: Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Zurich, Switzerland.
2019: The Burden of Memory, Yaoundé, Cameroon; Spielart, Munich, Germany; Infecting the City Public Art Festival, Cape Town, South Africa; Basler Afrika Bibliographien and Atelier Mondial, Basel, Switzerland; Owela Festival, National Theatre of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia; Ruhrfestspiele, Recklinghausen & TAK Theatre, Berlin, Germany; Impossible Bodies Festival, Kunstlerhaus Musountrum, Frankfurt, Germany.
2018: Museum am Rothenbaum, Kulturen und Künste der Welt & M. Bassy, Hamburg, Germany.

Other Performances

2018: Site-specific performance, Live Museum of Afrotekismo and the Future Africa Visions in Time (FAVT), Old Location Cemetery, Windhoek.
2017: CIS/SIES Dolly Potgieter and Other National Trashisms, Kalahari International Art Festival, Windhoek & StartArt Gallery, Windhoek.
2016: The State of (with Oupa Sibeko), part of "Conversations", National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek.
2014 - 2015: Eenganga: Translations and Trace formation, MA Performance as research (autoethnography) project, University of Witwatersrand, Johanesburg.
2014: Performance, Camel Stables, Windhoek.
2014: The Journey of Connection: Reflecting on the paths and patterns of human connection, Participatory Design Conference, Windhoek.
2014: Aluta’s Children: Re-visiting the footsteps of the Namibian struggle child through the lenses of disorder and inequality,, Independent Theatre solo performance, Theatre School, Windhoek.


2018 - 2019: Ovizire Somgu: From where do we speak?, MARKK & M.Bassy, Hamburg, Germany.


2019: Prohelvetia Artist in Residence, Atelier Mondial and Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Basel, Switzerland. [Archival and performance research] 2018: Research Centre for Hamburg’s (Post)Colonial Legacy, University of Hamburg, Germany. [Archival and performance research]


2021: Zürcher Kantonalbank Price for Public Choice [for ZILIN Performance], Zürcher theater spektakel, Zurich, Switzerland.

Conference Presentations

2016: "Eenganga: Translations & Trance Formation," Third Space Symposium: Decolonization and the creative arts, Institute for Creative Arts, University of Cape Town & 2016 AFTA Annual International Conference: Paradigm Shifts in African Theatre and Performance, University of Abuja, Nigeria. [performance presentation] 2015: "The performer as Shaman," Drama for Life Annual Conference: Re/Location: Dis/Location: Migration, Culture & Public Health, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique.
2014: "The Journey of Human Connection: Reflecting on the paths and patterns of human connection," 13th Participatory Design Conference: Reflecting Connectedness, Windhoek.

Academic Publications

2021: “Embodiments of love on the margins of Windhoek’s cinematic landscape,” Social Dynamics 47, no 1 (April 2021): 100-117.
2021: [with Gunkel, H] “Orientation Towards the Here and Now: Care and Presence in the work of Frieda Orupabo and Nkikura Oparah,” in HERE & NOW at Museum Ludwig: Dynamic Spaces, edited by Romina Dümler (Cologne: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz Konig, 2021). 
2021: “'Making Love:' Solidarity in Decolonial Times, in Changes in Direction, edited by Laura Horelli and Heidi Brunnschweiler (Berlin: Archive Books, 2021).
2020:“Ons Dala die Ding by Odalate Naiteke. The curative, performance and publicness in Katutura,” Journal of Namibian Studies: History Politics Culture 28 (December 2020): 65-89.
2020: with LaFleur, I, Fink, K; and Siegert, N., “A Conversation around Trauma, Healing and Things Not To Touch,” in Ghosts, spectres, revenants: Hauntology as a means to think and feel future, edited by Katharina Fink, Marie-Anne Kohl and Nadine Siegert (Bayreuth: Iwalewa Books, 2020). 
2020: “Black Boxes and White Cubes as Concentration Camps: Concerning Institutional Violence and Intergenerational Trauma,” in Echoes of a Place, edited by Jorge Munguía (Mexico City: Buró—Buró, 2020), 149-163.
2019: with researchers from Namibia, Cameroon, Togo, Tanzania, Burundi and Germany, “Documenting and Representing Legacies of Violence: (De)Coloniality?”, in German Colonial Heritage in Africa: Artistic and Cultural Perspectives (Goethe Sub-Saharan Africa, 2019).
2018: “When Applied Theatre is no Rehearsal for the Revolution,” in Writing Namibia: Literature in Transition, edited by Sarala Krishnamurthy and Helen Vale (Windhoek: Unam Press, 2018).

Essays, Reviews & Zines

2021: “Critical Visualities & Spatialities: Protest, Performance, Publicness and Praxis,” Namibian Journal of Social Justice 1 (2021): 193-205. [photo essay] 2021: “Moral and Ethical Questions on the Muafangejo Copyright Tragedy,” The Namibian, June 6, 2021.
2021: “Pleasure and Consent in Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Towards a Feminist Curriculum for Health Workers,” Sister Namibia, July 2021.
2020: “Thinking Love, Thinking African Queer Masculinities,” Sister Namibia, November 2020.
2020: “FIRE,” In Handle with Care [zine], (Iwalewa Books, 2020).
2019: with Koni Benson and Asher Gamedze, "Radical Histories II: Ottilie Abrahams Speaks," and "Mapping the Life Journey and Movements of Ottilie Abrahams: Revolutionary, Teacher, Feminist," In Owela: The Future of Work, edited by Kaleni Kollective, (Kaleni Kollectiv, 2019), 40-49. 
2019: Owela: The Future of Work (Kaleni Kollectiv, 2019).
2018: "What Feminism Means to Me," Monochrome Magazine, March 30, 2018.

Cultural and Research leadership

2021: Jury Member, Sound Connects Fund, Music in Africa Foundation.
2020 - 2021: Steering Committee Member, Museum Futures Africa. [a Pan-African project established to support the conceptual development of museums throughout the African continent.] 
2020 - 2021: National Expert, UNESCO/EU Intellectual Property and Local Content (IPLC Namibia) Initiative. [European Union and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in collaboration with the Directorate of Arts, Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture. This initiative has objectives of designing a measure to support local content production and revising a copyright legislation taking into account the digital environment.] 2018 and 2020: Curator, Operation Odalate Naiteke. [organising and curating radical learning and culture through performance, public art and trans-historic work in Katutura and Windhoek city at large.] 2015 - 2018: Project Manager, John Muafangejo Art Centre. [Curating exhibitions, organising residencies, workshops and studio programmes, cultural leadership and research. JMAC is a creative think tank focused on establishing collaborative methodologies in contemporary arts practice and forging expansive networks. Its vision is to promote and provide innovative and practical visual arts programs in Namibia to enable artists to grow to their full potential and prepare them for self-empowerment. Notable projects included curating a week-long John Muafangejo Season: Arts, Archivism & Activism (2016) and Katutura Ketu (2017) - a SADC collaborative project of critical creative engagement with artists and curators from Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.] 2011 - 2016: Writer/Columnist, The Weekender's “The Chanting Warrior column,” The Namibian. [socio-political and cultural commentary in the Namibian context] 2011 - 2012: Research Assistant, Scholarly Communication in Africa Programme (SCAP), University of Namibia, Windhoek. [Project was aimed at promoting open access paradigms as a means of making the scholarship of Sub-Saharan researchers more visible and was largely focused on the exploration of new affordable business models for open online scholarly publishing as well as the establishment of infrastructure such as repositories to promote open content sharing.]

Press & Interviews

Martha Mukaiwa, "Mushaandja's Rubber Tree Hits Zurich," The Namibian, 23 August, 2020.

"Jacques Mushaandja on Violent Art Institutions: Breaking Heteropatriarchy and Decoloniality," NamibInsider, 27 June, 2018.

"Life Goes On: Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja," Start Art Gallery, April 3, 2020. 

Greer Valley, "Decolonization can't just be a Metaphor," Africasacountry, November 12, 2019.


Watch Tshuku Tshuku's NANDJILA Video
Watch Tshuku Tshuku's Odalate Naiteke Video, featuring Jackson Wahengo
Watch Tshuku Tshuku's Ongovela Video, featuring Diolini

Helena Uambembe

Helena Uambembe

b. Pomfret, Northern Cape, South Africa, 1994. Lives in Johannesburg.

Helena Uambembe is an interdisciplinary artist (textiles, printmaking, photography, performance). Drawing on her own life story, Helena Uambembe reflects on the erasure of histories of conflict and complicity of South Africa’s wars in Angola and Namibia, and the unspoken legacies of those wars that shadow the present.   


2023: ASAI Print Access Workshop, Wits School of Arts, Johannesburg. 
2018: B Tech in Fine and Applied Arts, Tshwane University of Technology, Tshwane.
2016: National Diploma in Fine and Applied Arts, Tshwane University of Technology, Tshwane.

Solo exhibitions

2021: Pim Pam Pum, NWU Gallery, North West University, Potchefstroom.
2021: How to make Mud Cake. Cubicle Series. Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town.
2020: Home and the Other. FNB Art Joburg. Online.
2018:  KutalaChopeto [Seeking Comfort], World Refugee Day exhibition. Point of Order, Johannesburg.

Group exhibitions

2021: Territories Between Us. Iziko Museum, Cape Town.
2021: Home for the Holidays. Danger Gevaar Ingozi Studio, Johannesburg
2021: Feminism Ya Mang, Yethy, Yanu. Goethe Institut, Johannesburg
2021: Shape of Blackness. Oakstop Project Space, California.
2020: The African Art Fair. Movart Gallery, Online.
2020: Pink. Everard Read, Johannesburg.
2020: Through Our Eyes Narrative of Angolan Narratives. Abuja Art Week, Online.
2020: The Politics is Now. Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize. Aspire Art, Johannesburg.
2020: FNB Art Joburg, Luamba Muinga, Johannesburg. 
2020:  Qual Futuro, Online exhibition.
2020:  The Borders of Memory, Guns & Rain, Johannesburg.
2020:  Covert Bioscope, Bag Factory Artist Studios. Online Exhibition.
2019:  Texidermia do Futuro. Museu National de Historia Natural, Luanda, Angola.
2019:  Multiplies, Johannesburg.
2019:  Resistance is Us. ABSA Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
2019:  Summer Salon, Bag Factory Artist Studios, Johannesburg.
2019:  The Warmth of Other Suns, The Melrose Gallery, Johannesburg.
2019:  Print Like a Girl, Turbine Art Fair, Gallery 2, Johannesburg.
2019:  Print Like a Girl, Art Room Gallery, Johannesburg.
2019:  Compulsive exhibition, Johanne van Heerden Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa.
2019:  Mark-making, Trent Gallery, Pretoria.
2019:  I don’t know what you are talking about, but I know what you mean, PASTOgalleria, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2019:  Investec Cape Town Art Fair,, Cape Town, South Africa.
2019:  Spaces in Between, Tmrw Gallery, Johannesburg.
2018:  TUT Studio exhibition 2018, TUT Arts Campus, Pretoria.
2018:  Till Art Do Us Apart, TUT Art Festival, Pretoria.
2018:  Print Art – Now and Then, Trent Gallery, Pretoria.
2017:  Silences in Between, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town.
2017:  Nirox Sculpture Winter Fair, Krugersdorp, South Africa.
2017:  The Centre of the less good idea season 1, Arts on Main, Johannesburg.
2017:  South-South. Let us begin again. Goodman Gallery Cape Town.


2019:  ​Caminho do Mato, Caminho do Flores, Flores de Amor Extended,  Centre for the Less Good Idea, Johannesburg.
2019: ​Caminho do Mato, Caminho do Flores, Flores de Amor, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg.
2019:  ​Therapy for the Black Man (In Honour of...), Underline Projects, Johannesburg.
2019:  ​Load I shall Carry (Prayer to mother Njinga), The Melrose Gallery, Johannesburg.
2018: Tchiganchi, The Point of Order, Johannesburg.


2019:  The Violence of an Anxious Mind - Panel Discussion, Bag Factory Artist
Studios, Johannesburg.
2019:  David Koloane Panel Discussion, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg.
2019:  AFEMS – African Feminism Conference, Performing Normalcy: A focus on the
Women of the 32 Battalion, Johannesburg.
2018:  BLT People’s Table, Johannesburg.
2016:  The History we are told not to Speak (The history of the Pomfret community), Unisa School of Arts Conference, Pretoria.
2016:  Black Portraiture iii. The Untold Story of the Pomfret Community, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.



Tuli Mekondjo

b. Kwanza-Sul, Angola, 1982. Lives in Windhoek, Namibia.

Tuli Mekondjo’s works vividly express the generative powers of women, nature and the imagination in healing, and build on her early history of displacement as a Namibian refugee in Angola and Zambia during the struggle for Namibian Independence. A primarily self-taught artist, Mekondjo has been exhibiting her works since 2016 and is represented by Guns & Rain.


Self Taught

Solo exhibitions

2023: Ousi Martha. Guns & Rain, Johannesburg
2022: Oudjuu wo makipa etu/ The burdens of our Bones. Hales Gallery, London.
2020:  Investec Cape Town Art Fair, with Guns & Rain, Cape Town, South Africa.
2019:  The Project Room,  Windhoek, Namibia.
2016:  The Bellowing Mind, Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre, Windhoek, Namibia.

Group Exhibitions (Namibia)

2023:The Fish That Sees Its Water Getting Shallow Cannot Be Stranded. The Project Room, Windhoek
2018: Future Africa Visions in Time, Windhoek, Namibia (a collaboration between the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, Iwalewahaus Bayreuth and the Goethe-Institut Namibia).

Group Exhibitions (International)

2024: Decade: 10 Years of Guns and Rain, Johannesburg
2024: Cantando Bajito: Testimonies. Ford Foundation Gallery, New York
2024: Memoria: récits d'une autre Histoire. Foundation H, Antananarivo
2024: The Dak'art Biennial of Contemporary African Art: The Wake. Dakar, Senegal
2023: To be Named. HausKunstMitte, Berlin
2023:O Quilombismo: Of Resisting and Insisting Of Flight as Fight Of Other Democratic Egalitarian Political Philosophies. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2023: Common Ground. DAAD Galerie, Berlin
2023: EXPO Chicago, with Hales Gallery, Chicago
2023: ARCO Lisboa, with Guns & Rain, Lisbon
2023: Ousi Martha, Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Basel
2023: Art Central Hong Kong, with Guns & Rain, Hong Kong
2023: Memoria: récits d'une autre histoire. National Museum, Camaroon
2023: From Windhoek to Kamina to Nauen. IDEAL Art Space, Leipzig
2022: Investec Cape Town Art Far, Guns & Rain, Cape Town
2022: Unsettled. Duende Art Projects, Antwerp.
2021: Un.e Air.e de Famille. Musée Paul Éluard de Saint Denis, Paris.
2021: African Galleries Now. Artsy, with Guns & Rain 
2021: Frac Nouvelle Aquitaine. MÉCA, France
2021: 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair. London, UK with Guns & Rain
2021: Face-to-face. Traversées Africaines, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
2021: Threads. Duende Art Projects, Antwerp. 
2020:  Borders of Memory, (online), Guns & Rain, Johannesburg.2020: 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair. London, UK with Guns & Rain
2020:  Virtual Contemporary Art Fair, ARCO Lisboa, Lisbon.
2019:  1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Guns & Rain, London, United Kingdom.
2019:  Suffrage, Guns & Rain, Johannesburg.
2019:  NJE Collective, Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town.
2018:  NJE Collective, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg.2022: I was her and she was me..., Sakhile&Me, Frankfurt
2016:  Collective at the Art Market, Budapest, Hungary.


Foundation Blachere, France.
Ilham Gallery, Malaysia.
University of South Africa (UNISA).
ARAK Collection, Qatar.
Africa First Collection, Palestine.

Media links


Julia Hango

Julia Hango

b. 1993, Windhoek, Namibia. Lives in Swakopmund.

Julia Hango plays with photographic techniques, installation, and performance – frequently centering their body in challenging fixed notions of gender roles and identity. Using their naked form and the camera as their weapons, Julia Hango confronts society on issues surrounding bodily anatomy, identity, and gender.



Solo Exhibitions

2018: Manifestation of the self / A new chapter, the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, Windhoek.
2016: Naked Spaces, The Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, Windhoek.
2015: Provocatore, Jojo’s Art and Music Cafe, Windhoek.
2015: Silent Violence, The Warehouse Theatre, Windhoek.

Group Exhibitions

2023: Baker's Bay Artists' Retreat Exhibition, Namibian Arts Association, Windhoek
2023: This Moment, The Project Room, Windhoek
2023: The Fish That Sees Its Water Is Getting Shallow Cannot Be Stranded, The Project Room, Windhoek
2016: Beyond Binaries, Essence Festival, Durban. 
2016: I Am a Different me, queer/ trans/lesbian photographic project, the Other Foundation, Johannesburg.
2016: I Am a Different me, the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, Windhoek.
2016: ARTMESIA, DF Contemporary, Cape Town.
2016: Fierce, Afrovibes, Amsterdam.
2016: Amazing Namibian Women, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek.
2016: Conversations: Collaboration Between JuliART and Oddgtl, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek.
2016: So Namibia Collective, That Art Fair, Cape Town.
2015: FOR TONY, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek.
2015: XOM/ETOSHA - a Namibian Story, Goethe-Insitut Namibia, Windhoek.
2015: XOM/ETOSHA - a Namibian Story, Vänersborgs Konsthall, Vänersborgs, Sweden. 


2023: Performance: Eshina lyo ku topa topa / Typewriter, The Project Room, Namibia
2023: Speaker, Intimate Carpet Talks, The Project Room, Namibia
2017: Short List, Geraald Kraak Award. 
2017: Founder, Juliart and WINE: Nude life drawing salon.
2016: Founding member, "So Namibia" Collective.


Bongisa Msutu, Techniques of Asserting Humanity, ASAI, 2021. 
Marcia Elizabeth, The female form used as a weapon against the patriarchy, Bubblegum Club, 2018. 

Joe Madisia

b. 1954, Luderitz Namibia.

A veteran artist who specialises in printmaking, sculpture and mixed media.

African Paradox: Experienced in NamibiaJoe Modisia

Joe Modisia – African Paradox: Experienced in Namibia

Joe Modisia – African Paradox: Experienced in Namibia

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This video was produced in 2015 by Namibian Visual Artist Joe Madisia as part of his ART exhibition and book launch titled: “AFRICAN PARADOX – Experienced in Namibia” held at Franco Namibian Cultural Centre in Windhoek in September.


1996 -1999 BA Fine Arts, UNAM (University of Namibia) BA Fine Arts.
1983 Attend “ecc” Evening classes.


2005 Director - National Art Gallery of Namibia.
2001 Acting director - John Muafangejo Arts Centre. Katatura.Windhoek, Namibia.
2000 Lecturer - Arts Management and Development.National government.
1991 Art Workshop Coordinator - Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, Windhoek
1987 Media Technologist - Academy for Tertiary Education , Namibia
1983 Reprographic and photographic staff - “Namib Advertising and Public Relations” advertising agency.
1978 Senior Operator Instructor/Supervisor - Rossing Uranium Mine, Swakopmund

Positions held

2001- 2003 Technical advisor to the Technical Committee for The Independence Memorial Museum, Namibia
2001 Assisted in arranging 1st National Conference on Art and Culture Policy in Namibia.
2001 Board of Directors member. Franco Namibian Cultural Centre.
2001 Team member of the Technical Committee for establishing Katutura Communittee Arts Centre.Windhoek , Namibia
2000 Facilitator - SADC Arts and Culture – theory workshop at GOP
2000 Member of committee for National Standard Setting Body for Arts and Culture, Namibia
1994 Founder member of the “Tulipamwe International Artist’s Workshop”, Namibia.
1993 Member of Technical Committee - Namibian monetary currency, Bank of Namibia.
1990 Member of National Symbols Technical Sub-Committee , Namibia
1990 Member of greater steering committee for the establishment of the National Art Gallery of Namibia

Solo Exhibitions (Namibia)

2015 African Anthologies.
2010 Franco Namibian Cultural Centre – “Quarter of Century Black &White Printmaking”
Retrospective of Black & White prints 1985 – 2010. Windhoek, Namibia
2005 Franco Namibian Cultural Centre. Windhoek, Namibia.
2000 National Art Gallery of Namibia – “Retrospective 1982 - 2000 ”. Windhoek, Namibia.
1995 National Art Gallery of Namibia – “Impressions of Walvis Bay". Windhoek, Namibia.
1994 ”Walvis Bay, Namibia” Exhibition
1991 Commercial Bank Foyer (today Nedbank) – Bulow str. Windhoek, Namibia
1991 Exhibition of Card board Prints in colour. “Loft” Gallery. Windhoek,Namibia
1990 Impression of India. “Artelier Kendzia” – Windhoek, Namibia
1990 Exhibition that coincides with launch of Legal Assistance Human Rigths Calendar for
which Madisia’s lino prints was used at: Council of Churches Hall in Katutura. Windhoek , Namibia.
1989 Die Muschel Gallery. Swakopmund, Namibia
1983 SWABANK – Swakopmund. Namibia
1982 AMA Gallery. Windhoek, Namibia

Group Exhibitions (Namibia)

2015 Bipolar Dreams, Fine Art Gallery, Swakopmund
2013 The third Annual Visual Art Museum Programme Exhibition opened last week at the
National Art Gallery of Namibia.
2009 “Sculptures in Space” at Franco Namibian Cultural Centre. Windhoek, Namibia.
2003 Group exhibition with artist: Max Katschuna, Shikongeni at NAGN. Windhoek, Namibia.
1997 “Ondambo” International Artists Conference/Workshop Exhibition at NAGN. Windhoek, Namibia.
1995 Standard Bank Namibia Bienalle. Windhoek, Namibia.
1994 Tulipamwe International Artists Workshop. National Art Gallery of Namibia. Windhoek.
1994 Koos van Ellinckhuijsen & Joe Madisia. Woerman Haus Gallery. Swakopmund, Namibia.
1992 Joe Madisia and Friends. Franco Namibian Cultural Centre. Windhoek,Namibia
1990 Malo Hoebel & Joe Madisia at Woermann Haus Gallery. Swakopmund, Nambia.
1986 “Namibia Art Today”. Arts Association of Namibia (NAGN). Windhoek, Namibia.
1985 Standard Bank Art Bienalle. Windhoek, SWA/Namibia.
1984 “Namibia Art Today” Arts Association of Namibia. National Art
Gallery of Namibia (NAGN). Windhoek, Namibia.
1983 Luderitz Centenary Festival Exhibition with Bill Parker. Luderitz, Namibia

Group Exhibitions (International)

2012 “Made in Africa – Towards Cultural Liberation” at Sandton Gallery, Nelson Mandela Square on 24 May.
2009 “Dialogue among Civilizations” Art for Human Rights exhibition at University of Technology – Durban, South Africa.(catalogued)
2004 “Generation of Namibian Printmakers” traveling exhibition to Burundi, Comores
Islands, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagaskar, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda, Zambia,
Zimbabwe and South Africa by Namibia Artists – Alliance Française project.
2003 “Omaheke” Zeitgenossische Graphik aus Namibia – Tecklenburg, Germany.
2001 “Break the Silence” Artist for Human Rights Trust bill board exhibition at University
of Technology – Durban, South Africa.
1995 “Thapong International Artists’ Workshop” Exhibition at National Art Museum –
Gaberone, Botswana.
1995 “11th International Print Bienalle” – Frederikstad, Norway (catalogued).
1995 “21st International Print Bienalle” – Ljubljana, Slovenia (catalogued).
1995 “Right to Hope” Trust International traveling exhibition - World Wide
(Commemoration of United Nations’ 50th Anniversary) – New York (catalogued)
1994 “Namibian Artists” Exhibition at Grahamstown Art Festival – South Africa
1994 “22nd Sao Paolo Bienalle” – Sao Paolo, Brazil (catalogued).
1991 Joe Madisia and John Liebenberg – “Aphone Gallery” L’Usine. – Geneve,
1991 “Namibian Artists” at Baxter Gallery – Cape Town, South Africa.
1991 “Namibian Art” at Volksbank – Trossingen, Germany.
1990 SADC Visual Art Exhibition – Gaberone, Botswana.
1990 Africa Day Festival Exhibition at Pragadi Maidan Centre – New Dehli, India.

Exchange programs

2009: UNESCO workshop on the protection of National Heritage
2007: Cologne, Germany official opening of an archeological exhibition titled “ In the Shade of the Acacia” at the
“Rauschenstrauch –Joest Museum.
2007: Fellowship - Historical and Contemporary Art Museums in Washington, Baltimore, Forthworth, Dallas, San
Diego, Indianapolis and New York.
2007: Conference- Luanda, Angola organized by UNAP (Union of Angolan Plastic Arts)
2007: Invitation to Caracas in Venezuela to participate in African Conference of Latin American and African Countries; South Africa, Mali, Ghana, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Senegal, Angola, Niger, Cuba, Colombia, Brazil, Paraguay
2000: Goethe Institute, Berlin Curation and Museum Conference
1994: Bremen - “Practische Solidariteit von Volk zu Volk
1993: Exchange programme and exhibition with artist: Zigi Harder, Ravensburg, Germany.
1993: Exchange Programme and exhibition with artist: Dagman Staurheim, Hågå -Aus- Torpa, Norway.
1991: Zurich and Geneva – Switzerland – Spent three weeks with Zimbabwean artists,playwrights and musicians.
1990: New Delhi – India – Spent one month with fellow Africans from the continent.


2004 Namibian – PM’s Birtday Supplement – 23 January; Q&A with the PM. Pg.8
2004 “The Concept of Progress in Different Cultures”. A cooperative conference project of Goethe Institute, Deutsche Gessellschaft fur Technische Zussamenarbeit and Namibian Economic Policy Unit. ISBN 99916-16-68-14-4
2003 “Omaheke –Getrennte Vergangenheit – Gemeinsame Zukunft – Zeitgenossische Grafik aus Namibia” Kerstin-A. Hempker – Kirchenkreise Steinfurt-Coesfeld-Borken und Tecklenburg. Martin Rehkopp – Kulturforum Rheine. Druckerei Rennemeier – Rheine.
2009 “Secret Namibia”. Lily and Marcel Jouve. ISBN 978 1 77007 649 5
2010 “John Ndevasia Muafangejo – Etchings, woodcuts and linocuts from the Collection…” ©Arts Association Heritage Trust. ISBN 978-99945-71-11-6.
2009 “Posters in action” – “Visuality in the Making of an African Nation.” Edited by Gorgio Miescher, Lorena Rizzo and Jeremy Silvester: Basler-Afrika Bibliographien. ISBN 978-3-905758-09-2.
2005 Algemeine Zeitung: 25 Februar, pg 11
2004 “Insight, Namibia” November 2004. Ed: Tangeni Amupadhi and Robin Sherbourne: ISBN 1812-9943.
2000 “ Different perspectives – SADC 2000 Lecture Series”. Capital Press (PTY) Ltd. ISBN 99916-50-70-x.
2000 “Ondambo – Afrika Kunst Forum”. H.Bogatzke, R.Brokmann, C.Ludziweit– Gamsberg Macmillan. . ISBN 99916-0-211-9
1997 “Printmaking in a transforming South Africa”. Phillipa Hobbs & Elizabeth Rankin. National Book Printers, Drukkery Street, Goodwood, Western Cape. ISBN 0 86486 334 9.
1997 “Art in Namibia” - National Art Gallery of Namibia. Adelheid Lilienthal. ISBN 99916 30 73 2.
1995 “The Right to Hope”. Essay - “A Creative Response to our World in Need”. Edited by Catherine Thick. ISBN 1-85383-39-6
1992 Revue Noire – Art Contemporain Africain. ISSN 1157-4127.
1992 The Windhoek Advertiser; Saterday - 8 August; pg.60. “Joe Madisia & Friends”.
1991 Namibia Today; 25-31 October; page 19: “The power of arts”
1985 The Namibian; Friday 30 August; page 27: Live Arts.- “Artist with a conscience”.


2011 Art and Social Justice workshop, Ziphathele Secondary, Clermont, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
2011 Art for Humanity workshop, Chesterville Secondary School, Durban, South Africa


Biography by Olja Dzuverovic - pdf (681kb)

Saara Nekomba

b.1986, Elombe, Namibia; lives in Windhoek.

Saara Nekomba is a Namibian artist who creates mixed-media paintings using beads, textiles and collage.


2015: ASAI In Print, Print Access Workshop Series, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town.
2009: Diploma, Applied Arts, College of the Arts, Windhoek.
2007: John Muafangejo Art Centre, Windhoek.

Solo Exhibitions (Namibia)

2014: Abstract Intervention, Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre, Windhoek.

Group Exhibitions (Namibia)

2014: Bank Windhoek Triennial Exhibition, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek.
2009 - 2014: New Beginnings, Annual College of the Arts Exhibitions, Windhoek.
2009 - 2014: VA-N (Visual Artists Namibia), Annual Members’ Exhibitions, Woermannhaus Gallery, Swakopmund.
2012: Ghetto Soldier, Katutura Community Arts Centre Gallery, Windhoek.
2011: Oshietwapo Exhibition
2007 - 2008: Annual Student Exhibition, John Muafangejo Art Centre, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek.

Group Exhibitions (International)

2014: Thupelo Exhibition, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa.
2012: World Events Young Artist (WEYA), Bonington Building, Nottingham, England.
2012: Group Exhibition, Lakeside Arts Centre Nottingham, England.
2012: 5th African Arts and Craft Expo, Abuja, Nigeria.