01 Nov 2017

Artwork of the month: November

Fillipus Sheehama, Savanna Land, Recycled Plastic, 2013

Fillipus Sheehama was born in Namibia in 1974. Sheehama obtained a diploma in Art in 2007, and a Bachelor of Art (Hons) in 2010 from the University of Namibia.  He has had solo exhibitions at the Omba Gallery, the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) and the University of Namibia.  He has also participated in many group exhibitions locally, and internationally. Sheehama is currently a lecturer of art at the College of the Arts.

Sheehama produces critical art that addresses the social and political issues of Namibia’s most marginalised communities. Some of his themes include poverty, consumption, consumerism, victimisation and everyday survival. Savanna Land was exhibited in the Land Matters in Art exhibition in Windhoek in 2013. Made from recycled packaging of the alcoholic beverage ‘Savanna’, which is marketed as a drink for hot and arid desert ‘savanna’ climates, this artwork speaks at many levels. The black and white stripes are evocative of a zebra’s stripes, highlighting wild animals found in Namibia which often attracts tourists and locals. At the same time by using discarded materials, it could describe over-consumption which oftentimes damages these very environments which tourists and locals enjoy.

Savanna Land will form part of Textiles and Textures, an exhibition of artworks from contemporary Namibian artists as well as from the collections of the NAGN and the Arts Association Heritage Trust. Textiles and Textures opens 16 November 2017 and runs until 2 June 2018.

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