Hage Mukwendje is a 24 year old artist who graduated from the College of the Arts in Windhoek with a certificate in Graphic Design (New Media) from the Katatura Community Arts Centre (KCAC) in 2011. Mukwendje started making art at a young age doing murals and sign writing for his community. With the support of his family and the encouragement of his friends he moved to Windhoek to study art in 2008. He began his studies with a diploma in Product Development in the Deartment of Visual Art and Craft at the KCAC. Hage has participated in a number of group exhibitions and in 2012 participated in the World Event Young Artists (WEYA) in Nottingham, England.
“I treat art as my profession and my passion. I go to my studio and make art just like a doctor goes to work at the hospital and treats patients. I treat my artwork in this way so that I can do everything that I have been trained to do. I have to follow my instincts for visualizing life with a pen, pencil and a paper, but a lot goes through my mind: I think about how I can motivate people. I don’t want my art works to hang on someone’s wall just as a decoration. I want my artworks to serve also as a motivation for people, to heal, to give hope and to encourage people. If I have a topic in mind to paint, I do it in such a way that it serves two purposes: decoration and motivation. I represent human dignity, love, peace and unity to make a world a better place for everyone to live in.” (2014, personal correspondence)
Title : Dr. Hage Geingob
Hage Mukwendje, 2014
Merit Award in the New Media category
Kirsten Wechslberger graduated from the University of Namibia in 2005 with a degree in Fine Art majoring in 2-dimensional studies. Since then she has worked in a wide variety of media, including performance, video and installation. Wechslberger has participated in a number of group exhibitions and produced work for many solo shows.
About her own work Wechslberger says:
“I use a range of mediums such as digital art, video installations, site-specific installations, paintings, performance art etc. to express the emotions, thoughts and patterns created through the relationship between the world and myself” (2012, VAN catalogue)