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Tuli Mekondjo at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, October 8-10, 2020

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Tuli Mekondjo, Namibia

Sacred cattle as human soul, 2019








Self-taught artist Tuli Mekondjo works with mixed media (embroidery, collage, paint, resin and mahangu grain – a Namibian food staple) and extends these textured media into performance. Drawing on photographic archives and histories of the loss and erasure of Namibian cultural practices, she explores history and identity politics through the lens of those who lived in exile during Namibia’s independence war. Sensitive botanical vines pay homage to her forebears, fertility and continuity, whilst veiled figures comment on gendered struggle, inter-generational trauma, and displacement, bearing a quiet grief and a quest for truth.

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Grandmothers always have wise things to say, 2019

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Too I is of royalty, 2019

Mekondjo was a participant in the Future Africa Visions in Time exhibition, a 2018 collaboration between the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, Iwalewahaus Bayreuth and the Goethe-Institut Namibia. She exhibited with the NJE Collective at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2019, the FNB Joburg Art Fair 2018, and Art Market Budapest 2016. In 2019, she exhibited in the women’s show “Suffrage” at Guns & Rain, at the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair London, and had a solo show with the Project Room in Windhoek. She will be exhibiting in multiple locations in 2020, including at Guns & Rain in April 2020.

Exhibitions, Awards & Collections


2020 “The Borders of Memory” with Helena Uambembe, The Project Room, Namibia

2020 ARCO Lisboa, Portugal, Online

2020 “The Borders of Memory” with Helena Uambembe, Guns & Rain

2020 Investec Cape Town Art Fair, with Guns & Rain

2019 Solo Exhibition, The Project Room, Namibia

2019 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, with Guns & Rain

2019 “Suffrage”, Women’s Group Show, Guns & Rain, Johannesburg

2019 NJE Collective, Group Show, Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town

2018 NJE Collective, Group Show, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg

2016 Collective at the Art Market, Group Show, Budapest

2016 “The Bellowing Mind”, Solo Exhibition, Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre, Namibia

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Little moon of witches II, 2019


Foundation Blachere, France

Ilham Gallery, Malaysia

University of South Africa (UNISA)

ARAK Collection, Qatar

Africa First Collection