This week, we are pleased to announce a long-awaited review of Rika Nel’s latest exhibition, which showed at the National Gallery of Namibia earlier this year. With this exhibition, Nel became the first artist in Namibia to earn a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from the University of Namibia and Artwolfe would like to acknowledge her contribution to Namibia’s art scene.
The exhibition, titled ‘Paper as a Metaphor for the Fragility and Vulnerability of the Human Being’ made sensitive use of ‘everyday materials such as teabags, doilies and tissue paper and turned these into sculptures and installations that were some parts delicate and other parts devastated, reflecting the contrasting emotions and conditions we find ourselves in as fragile, vulnerable but also resilient human beings.
The body of work included a number of participatory elements, allowing viewers to engage beyond gazing, and contribute to the artwork with their own stories. Caitlin Cairns, a young writer from the Windhoek International School reflects on this and more in her thoughtful review of Nel’s exhibition.
Following that Rika Nel herself privileged us with a response to Caitlin’s words. Both articles are accompanied by images provided to us by the artist.
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the ARTWOLFE editorial team