WINDHOEK-One of Namibia‘s acclaimed visual artists, Alpheus Mvula, is currently exhibiting his artworks at an exhibition titled Oomake at the Goethe Centre Auditorium and Courtyard until April 25.
The exhibition is part of Namibia’s 25th independence silver jubilee and the German Weeks. It is titled Oomake, meaning hands on Oshiwamba and Otjiherero but which is ordinarily and popularly intrepreted to mean clapping hands, ala President Hage Geingob who likes using Oomake at many of his public appearances coaxing his audiences to applaud. The artworks on exhibit consist of sculptures as well as graphics and express Mvula’s appreciation of Namibia’s development and achievements since independence, as well as his special relationship with Germany where he spent two years studying in Bremen, and has successfully displayed his artworks in Cologne, Osnabrück and Berlin.
Some of his prints on display are created in Germany. Besides, his view on Namibia is expressed for instance through his sculpture Head of cattle, whose strong horns according to the artist, signify power, well-being, protection, growing and peace for Namibia. Going well along with the exhibition’s theme Oomake, some sculptures are in the shape of hands all with their own different meanings. A hand receiving, giving and saving life.