Not wanting to see: Pirron uses blindfolded concept to force introspection

Flaming Hand conveys a concept of blocking and blockage, preventing perception, empathy and understanding in the mind of the observer.

The official opening of an art exhibition by Barbara Pirron at the Goethe Centre in Windhoek is scheduled for next Tuesday, 20 October. The keynote address will be delivered by Ms Dani Leese of the Deutsche Welle Academy.

The artists presents her latest watercolour and mixed-media works on paper, titled “Blindfolded.”,
This is her 12th solo exhibition.
The point of focus in Pirron’s paintings is her special reference to identity and psychological trauma to create scope for the broadest interpretation of its impact on the individual. The artist uses the metaphor of “eyes covered by a blindfold” which can be understood in a multi-layered emotional context.
Her paintings portray the ideas of Not being able to see, Not wanting to see, To ignore reality, Ignorance, and Consciously looking away.
These notions of sensory debility are all pointedly addressed in Erich Kästner’s famous poem “The blind at the wall”. Taking her cue from the poem, Pirron presents tw enty small portraits under the title “Blindfolded.” Each portrait has each own approach and technique. The observer is challenged to reflect on his or her own empirical values as well as the relevance to a local and global context of current affairs.
Barbara Pirron has been living in Namibia since 1965 and is self-employed. She studied at the former Art Academy and then completed a Bachelor of Arts degree through the University of South Africa. She has attended numerous workshops, Biennales and group exhibitions on a national and international level. Her work is included in private and public collections in Namibia and abroad.


Art Exhibition
Venue: Goethe Centre Auditorium
Date: Tuesday 20 October 2015
Time: 19:15
Duration: The exhibition runs until 11 November 2015