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The exhibition ‘We Will Be Free’ has been announced, representing a collaboration between StArt Art Gallery, Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja, and Classic Framers (Makhanda). 

Vilho Nuumbala, Transcend(a)nce, We will be free, 2023. Courtesy of StArt Art Gallery.

‘We Will Be Free’ opens at Classic Framers in Makhanda, South Africa, on 22 June. Participating artists include Nicky Marais, Tony Figueira, Fillipus Sheehama, Namafu Amutse, Elisia Nghidishange, Maria Mbereshu, Jakobina Gideon, Rachel Sakeus, Ndinomholo Ndilula, Vilho Nuumbala, Petrus Amuthenu and Anne Lacheiner-Kuhn.

This exhibition is a group show of Namibian artists who were all asked to respond to a song of the same title by Tschuku Tschuku’ featuring Nesindano Namises from the album Trance !Namib Freedom Station. The exhibition will be re-staged in Windhoek in November 2023.

The song is about reconciling the painful past while meditating on freedom and the future. It sings, “when the sun rises, when the morning comes, it will be alright”. The song is a lament, an expression of what Muafangejo illustrates as “hope and optimism in spite of present difficulties”. ‘We will be free‘ is an imagination of what it means to practise freedom from bondage, displacement and dispossession.

Between 10AM and 1PM on 22 June one of the curators will be present in the venue to chat about the exhibition. All are welcome to attend the exhibition.

The exhibition will be on view from the 22nd of June until the 3rd of August, 2023. For more informaiton, please visit StArt Art Gallery.

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