by Rika Nel
I would like to thank Caitlin for writing an excellent review on my art exhibition “Paper as metaphor for the fragility and vulnerability of the human being” (2014) . She succeeded in capturing in words what I have tried to express visually. I am really pleased that she found the music contributing to the exhibition as there has been a variety of responses to the music which is of course a good thing.
My aim was to touch the viewers and to create an opportunity for communication whether by communicating with each other or when it was too private or too sensitive to express their feelings by writing it on the pieces of paper provided and inserting or hiding them in the pockets of the teabags. Another method of motivating viewers to communicate was to write in Afrikaans. Not only because it is my mother tongue and I worked from a cultural perspective but to motivate viewers who cannot read the language to ask somebody who can to translate. Hopefully this would lead to further communication on abuse in general and specifically in Namibia.