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Keetmans exhibited

Mon, 12 August 2013 03:15
by Linekela Halwoodi

the FNCC is hosting an exhibition of visual and sound recordings of people who once lived in Keetmanshoop ages ago. This historic artwork was put together by Annette Hoffman.
The exhibition is the work of a German artist called Hans Lichtenecker who travelled to Namibia in 1931 to create an archive of races for future generations.
These activities come in form of recorded voices. Casts are made of the inhabitants of the then Keetmanshoop.
The casts are an exact resemblance of people’s faces from one corner of the face to the other. The inhabitants are afraid of the cast; they have never seen anything like it. One woman says a face belongs on the body of the person who has it and that it should not be paraded around.
The casting took place at a police station kitchen. People would be head-hunted and then made part of the cast.
A picture of a woman seated on the ground, looking terrified is the first thing you see at the end of the stairs of the exhibition room.
She looks horrified at the sight of a clay face. The white man in the picture pushes something to her faces but she covers her face with her arm because that thing in front of her is too foreign and scary to look at.
Most of the accounts told at the exhibition will leave one speechless. The exhibition room’s walls are full of images of people who lived ages ago.
It’s an amazing showcase!
Some of the artwork comes in paintings while others come in form of pictures printed on paper or on glass.
This is not the kind of art you put in a frame above your bed, it’s the kind that belongs in a museum for a new generation to see.
The people recorded on the phonographs show mixed emotions about the work the white man had come to do.