WINDHOEK, Mar. 27 – The National Art Gallery of Namibia NAGN announced that an exhibiton by Lok Kandjengo titled ‘Master Mind,’ will commence on 5 April 2018 at 18h00 in the Pashuka Multi-Purpose Venue. The exhibition will be run until 19 May 2018.
Master Mind is an innovative cardboard and linoleum print exhibition by Lok Kandjengo. Kandjengo’s inspiration for print making is derived from his environment, culture and his origin. In Master Mind the artist continues to explore facets of his culture, life experience as well as to celebrate Namibia’s landscape.
Kandjengo is a dedicated young visual artist who constantly strives towards self-improvement through art. The artworks in Master Mind serves as an encouragement to fellow Namibians who wish to pursue a career in print making and as inspiration for others to contribute towards making Namibia a better place to live in the 21st century, as we march towards Vision 2030.
“The message I want to convey is quite simple: “work hard and don’t expect the government to hand out jobs,” said Kandjengo.
Kandjengo takes social responsibilities at heart. Part of this is his involvement in mural paintings, in the development of teaching materials for sign language, and cataloguing for the newly founded Tate Institute
of technology (for the Deaf and Hard of hearing).
The artist plans are to become more involved in projects that address the issues of unemployment, training and education in Namibia.
Kandjengo uses his talent to educate and communicate with his viewers about social issues such as youth empowerment and job creation.
The exhibition features ‘The Beetle-car’, a bold, colourful and stylised artwork which is Kandjengo’s signature, often signifying his accomplishment in the art industry.
“The artwork ‘Rooster’ symbolizes the method used to wake people in the village. It is the first sound I hear in the morning and allows me to plan my day ahead. For me, the rooster represents servant leadership and that is what I want to represent,” he said.
This exhibition is a reflection of Kandjengo’s print making technical skills. Each artwork provides a unique printing style, colour use, which the artist has mastered over the years.