Women helping themselves

07 October 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Limbadungila, an exhibition by Tuli Mekondjo, can be viewed at The Project Room in the capital from Saturday (12 October)
Limbadungila, or “the ones that can help themselves in their own unique ways”, is Tuli's most recent body of work, depicting independent women taking their lives in their own hands, fighting everyday hardships.
Each of the women carry something that has meaning in their lives, something they care dearly for. The women hide behind a transparent veil – symbolically referring to purity or virginity – but also as a kind of a protection from evil spirits or as a screen to hide their identity from the outside world. Behind these veils are shadows – like a silhouette of the women going about their everyday challenges without making much noise about it.
Striking in all Tuli’s work are stylised plant ornaments that can be seen as a metaphor for hope. They also stand for the circle of life, for working the land, planting the seeds and seeing it grow, like these women who create their unique lives.
For this collection, Tuli worked with mixed media on canvas (embroidery, collage, paint, resin and mahangu).
Schooled in Swakopmund and the school of life, Tuli is a self-taught artist with no formal art training. She describes her approach as strongly “freestyle”.
“I get an idea, then I start working on experimental pieces to test it out. I’m very hands-on, very experimental. I learn as I go along, and in the process, I make mistakes, have lucky accidents, experience light bulb moments, and then discover interesting ways of doing things.”
View the exhibition until 26 October.

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