Saara Nekomba’s first solo exhibition
Nekomba said that she attempts to recreate the dance movements of traditional ceremonial dancers from the Ndonga people, the colours of their traditional costumes and some of the decorative beads worn during these dances.
“The beating of drums and stamping feet give a rhythm to the work that I hope will excite and inspire the viewer and although the work is abstract in intention, the dancers are visible as they emerge from the colourful background,” she said.
Nekomba also stated that her painting has become three dimensional works which are visually interesting as well as exciting and innovative. “I enjoy working with women from the community project, and have participated in Visual Artists Namibia workshops spreading creative skills in isolated communities”, said Nekomba.
Nekomba hails from a small village in Owamboland but grew up in Windhoek. Having taken afternoon art classes at primary school level with Alpheus Mvula, she later studied at the John Muafangejo Art Centre and the College of the Arts, graduating in 2011 with an Applied Arts Diploma.
She has also participated in exhibitions at the National Art Gallery in Windhoek in 2007, 2008 and 2009. She was invited to the World Events Young Artist (WEYA), a group exhibition in Nottingham, England and to the 5th African Arts and Craft Expo in Abuja, Nigeria in 2012.