This initiative should be seen as recognition of the fact that art is part of the culture of the Namibian people that has both commercial and vocational value. Besides dignifying the artists’ efforts through this initiative, the GIZ Support to Land Reform (SLR) program, in collaboration with Ministry of Lands and Resettlement, offers a platform to Namibian visual artists to be part of the decision making process in land reform.
Art equally inspires and catalyzes. Regarding the Project “Land Matters in Art”, controversial issues such as land restitution, land registration and apathy can safely be visualised and thereby communicated. The main goal is to reach a broad audience through art.
A professional jury made up of experienced senior artists and representatives from various institutions will evaluate the submitted artworks, a selection of which will be shown at different venues in Windhoek during March 2013, including venues such as the National Art Gallery of Namibia, the FNCC – Franco Namibian Culture Centre, Goethe Centre and the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement. Afterwards a mobile documentary “Land Matters in Art“ could travel through Namibia.
Alpheus G. !Naruseb, Minister of Lands and Resettlement, Namibia