Mvula presents ‘Triple’ – The Namibian

CATTLE remains king, women deserve to be celebrated and Hendrik Witbooi is a young man in “Triple” by Alphée Mvula, recently exhibited at the Center Culturel Franco-Namibien.v

The consummate exhibition, which takes its name from his selection of sculptures, paintings and prints, as well as trios in a number of his compositions, opened on November 4 and welcomed the First Lady of Namibia, Monica Geingos, as a guest of

honor.

“It is very important to support artists, local and even non-local,” says Mvula. “During this pandemic, it was very difficult. Even the first lady pointed out that art is something that needs to be supported in this country.

Geingos de Mvula’s sculpture takes pride of place in the grand gallery, seeming to peer over the herd of soapstone, white marble and serpentine cattle, which are the veteran artist’s signature.

“When I was young, I looked after my father’s cattle, so I see cattle as people, human beings and leaders because one or two cattle can lead other cattle,” says Mvula. “So it allowed me, as an artist, to better work my artistic statement. Every day I represent stone cattle, I print, I paint and I use other mixed media.

In ‘Triple’, traversed by Mvula’s color pattern of white, orange and blue, the Owambo kings are rendered bulls representing their inner nature. Mvula also depicts traditional royal burial rates in an alternate lithograph, while a wooden kraal recalls customary Owambo farms and cattle pens.

Celebrating culture, livestock, kings and including commentary on climate change, women’s power and issues of prejudice, ‘Triple’ is Mvula’s last solo exhibition in decades and an esteemed work held in collections around the world. whole world.

“My work can continue to celebrate my life, to celebrate my accomplishments and my worth,” says Mvula. “To value art is to collect and invest in art. This is how we need art to be supported.

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