Namibian artist Erik Schnack uses metals, wood and found materials to reveal a secret society, inspired by rural African and South Pacific art and not without a hint of humour. Erik Schnack Installation Taratantara Tower: A Visual Exploration of Diversity, Nationalism and Cooperation is an installation comprised of branches, traditional clothes, plastic tubes, shoe stretchers trumpet and hooter horns, is meant to evoke multilayered meanings in regard to our own future as Namibians. On the one hand, standing as a tower blowing its own horns, it may appear to be progressing into something majestic, or on the other hand as a structure falling into ruins. The clothes strewn over the tower’s armature make reference to our diverse language groups, while the stained plastic tubes recall our turbulent past. Remembering the blood that was shed and the vile atrocities committed, the Taratantara Tower also binds diverse cultures with imaginary umbilical chords and therewith urges for sustainable socio-political cooperation.
VENUE: OMUNTU GARDENS