Guns & Rain’s most recent presentation was Mekondjo’s travelling solo exhibition Ousie Martha, an installation accompanied by a once-off performance on the opening night. Mekondjo (b. 1982, Angola) is a self-taught Namibian artist whose work explores the construction of identity in the shadow of Namibia’s violent past as both a German and later South African colony. Drawing on 1950s images from Namibia found in the Basler Afrika Bibliographien archive in Switzerland, Ousie Martha was presented earlier this year in both Basel and Berlin. In this work, the artist channels the spirits of Namibian women who laboured as domestic workers during the colonial and apartheid eras. Watch the video.

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