About

Imke Rust

Imke Rust explores different believes and conditions which shape our communities and which influence her personal reality. Through her diverse creative expressions she searches for underlying patterns and tries to find alternative ways of seeing and understanding the world.

Her multi-layered works effortlessly combine and navigate between the personal, social, political and universal. Embracing a variety of media, such as drawing, installations, video and sculpture – the work of Imke Rust often uses and combines simple, everyday or found devices such as thorns, masking tape, salt or chalk. Rust regards materials and working processes as important carriers of the underlying message of the work and therefore carefully selects them to emphasize and add to specific aspects. She succeeds to convey complex ideas in a simple, subtle, yet powerful and witty manner.

Imke Rust was born in Windhoek in 1975. She received her BVA degree through the University of South Africa and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. She has won the Standard Bank Namibia Biennale in 2001 and 2005 respectively and has initiated several project promoting Namibian arts and artists.

The artist lives in Neu-Friedrichsthal, a small rural village just north of Berlin and has a second base in Namibia.

CV

Curriculum Vitae

Imke Rust

Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA), University of South Africa
Born 1975, Windhoek, Namibian visual & conceptual artist, living in Germany and Namibia.

Full-time artist based in the countryside, just north of Berlin and in Swakopmund, Namibia
Member of Zest Artist Collective (ZAC), an international collective of six female artists
Co-founder and Managing Director of p.art.ners berlin-windhoek gGmbH. (2007-2010)
Self-employed as artist, curator and writer ( since 2004)
Curator at the National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek. (2003-2004)
Part-time studies: BA Degree Visual Arts, University of South Africa. (1999-2006 & 2011)
Diploma in Travel and Tourism, Cape Town, South Africa. Working in tourism till 2002. (1993)

Awards and Stipends:

2021 World Heritage Fellow and Resident artist, Hälsingland, Sweden
2020 ‚Silent Echo’ Global Nomadic Art Project, Mongolia 2020, (exhibition only, due to COVID-19)
2019 1st Abidjan Green Art Biennale “Dechiffrer la Foret“ (Decipher the Forest)
2018 9th International Forest Art Path ‘Art Ecology’
2018
9th International Wind Art Festival “moving wind” 
2017 Urban Nature Art – Global Nomadic Art Project Germany
2016 International Land-Art Maastricht
2016 Stories of Rain – Global Nomadic Art Project South Africa
2012 Grant from the National Arts Council of Namibia for land art project
2012 Special Mention, Our Coast Your Photo competition, Swakopmund
2008 Thupelo International Artist Workshop, Cape Town
2006 DAAD ‘Artists-in-Berlin Programme’ 2 month stipend in Berlin, Germany
2006 Bremer Kunststipendium (Bremer Parliament /Heimstiftung): 3 month stipend in Bremen, Germany
2005 First Prize (Overall Winner) Standard Bank Namibia Biennale
2004 Third Prize in the category: Sculpture in the National Ceramics Biennale, PAN
2001 First Prize Standard Bank Namibia Biennale
2001 “Highly Recommended” Award in the Sculpture Category in the Standard Bank Namibia Biennale.

Solo Exhibitions:

2021 Drawing Certainty from the Spring of Doubt, Hälsingegården Erik-Anders, Asta, Sweden
2021 Waldbau Namenstropfen, Dietrich Bonhoefffer Klinikum, Neubrandenburg
2021 Waldbau Namenstropfen, Regional Bibliothek, Neubrandenburg
2018 Fremde Welten. Orangerie Oranienburg
2017 The Horse is a Problem. The Horse Must Go.
Pasinger Fabrik, Munich
2017 Imke Rust – Land Art,
Museum auf der Hardt, Wuppertal
2012 ...and I sensed an infinite scream passing through the Namib, The Last Resort (non- gallery industrial space), Swakopmund
2012 Goldgräberstimmung, Grafik-Studio-Galerie Neumann, Berlin.
2010 Made in China, Bank Windhoek Omba Gallery, Windhoek
2008 wo-man, Wild Art Gallery, Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, Windhoek.
2006 Memories / Power&Politics, Rathaus Reinickendorf, Berlin, Germany
2006 Memories / Power&Politics, Bundespresseamt, Berlin, Germany.
2006 Memories / Power&Politics, Jugendkunstschule Atrium, Berlin, Germany.
2006 Imke Rust: Bremer Kunststipendiatin, Haus der Bremer Buergerschaft, Bremen, Germany.
2005 Memories, Goethe Centre/ Namibisch-Deutsche Stiftung, Windhoek
2004 flying solo, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2021
Winds of Tarna, GNAP 2, B-Contemporary Art Gallery, Mongolia
Gangwon Triennale 2021, Revitalization 1《Tanyak》(Ammunition maintenance plant), Republic of Korea
L’andart21, 4a Biennal Internacional d’Andorra (part of Zest Artist Collective)
Schwarz-Weiß, Ruppiner Tor, Gransee
Halt auf freier Strecke, 6. Kunstsalon KuNO e.V., Dannenwalde

2020
‚Silent Echo’ Global Nomadic Art Project, Mongolia
9th Geumgang Nature Art Video Biennale, Gongju, Republic of Korea
FamilienARTen (Kunst & Wissenschaft), RWN Galerie, Neubrandenburg, Germany
5. Kunstsalon ‘Heisse Ware’, Ziegeleipark Mildenberg, Germany
Kunstwandeling EB, Museum Schokland, Netherlands
17. Brandenburgischer Kunstpreis, Schloss Neuhardenberg, Germany

2019
“Dechiffrer la Foret“ (Decipher the Forest), Abidjan Green Art Biennale, Côte d’Ivoire
Ich höre den Schakal
, Künstlervereinigung Dachau e.V., Dachau, Germany
Zusammen.Wachsen, Kulturhaus Karlshorst, Berlin, Germany

2018
Geumgang Nature Art Biennale 2018 ‚Wind’, 2 works, Gongju, Republic of Korea
9th International Wind Art Festival ‘moving wind’ 2018, Zierenberg & Habichtswald
9th International Forest Art Path, Darmstadt, Germany
5.+ 6. Kunstraum, Oranienwerk, Oranienburg, Germany
“Voor een visitekaartje op de eerste rij!”, Huis voor de Kunsten Limburg & Schunck, Heerlen, Netherlands

2017
YATOO trifft Dreieich, Städtische Galerie, Dreieich

2016
Narratives of Space, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek
Geumgang Nature Art Biennale 2016 (Video), Korea
Weite Wirkt, in Münster, Rheine und Bocholt, Deutschland
Art Inside, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
Bread, Salt & Wine, The Project Room, Windhoek, Namibia
KUISEB Namibia, 2-Person Exhibition, Brotfabrik Galerie, Berlin, Deutschland

2015
Body & Soul, Fine Art Gallery, Swakopmund, Namibia

2014
DIALOGe, Aachner Kunstroute Proziton, Aachen
Imago Mundi Project – Namibia: Land of Memories and More

2013 Desert Tavern Berlin, PrenzlProm Atelierhaus, Berlin

2012
Privatbesitz – Sammlungen Bremer Künstlerinnen und Künstler, Städtische Galerie, Bremen
Our Coast Your Photo, Studio 77, Windhoek & The Art Gallery, Swakopmund
Annual Visual Art Museum Programme, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek
Magic in Art, Woermannhaus Gallery, Swakopmund.
Namibia 6 (Berlin-Windhoek 2008-2012) Rathaus Galerie, Kunstamt Reinickendorf, Berlin

2011
Jahresendausstellung, Grafik Galerie Neumann, Berlin
Visual Artists of Namibia Annual Members’ Exhibition, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek
Neu in der Graphothek, Rathausgalerie Reinickendorf, Berlin 
Junge Kunst aus Namibia, Volksbank Trossingen
Annual Visual Art Museum Program, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek
Junge Kunst aus Namibia, Berliner Abgeordnetenhaus Galerie. Berlin

2010
New Works, 2 person exhibition with Silke Berens, Studio 77, Windhoek
Women Art Exhibition of Namibia National Art Gallery of Namibia

2009
Aakulu Yonale/Vorfahren: Namibian Printmakers 2-person exhibition with Alpheus Mvula. Montcalm College, Michigan, USA
Sculptures in Space Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre, Windhoek
Aakulu Yonale/Vorfahren: Namibian Printmakers 2-person exhibition with Alpheus Mvula. Kendall College of Art & Design Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan, US
emanguluko -An exhibition of thoughts on independence Studio 77, Windhoek

2008
Seven Colored Stones Yuan Art Gallery, Da Shanzi Art District, Beijing
Sharing Spaces Thupelo artists, Accident Gallery. Eureka, California, USA

2007
Thupelo International Artists Workshop Open Day, Cape Town, South Africa
expressing.etosha art project permanent site-specific installations at Namutoni, Etosha National Park, Namibia (Catalogue) September 2007
Junge Kunst für die Graphothek  Humboldt-Biblothek in Tegel, Berlin, Germany

2005
Standard Bank Namibia Biennale, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek. (Catalogue). 1999/2001/03/05
okuthindila: contemporary printmaking from namibia London Print Studio, UK

2004
An unobstructed view: new art from Africa  GTZ headquarters, Eschborn/Frankfurt, Germany
Ai//gams Cultural Festival Art Exhibition, Katutura Art Centre, Windhoek
National Ceramics Biennale 2004, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek

2003
Human Touch Exhibition of Namibian art in Turin and Milan, Italy. (Catalogue)
Female Artists of Namibia National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek

Projects and Experience:

2021 Public sculpture commission: Wer war sie? Namenstropfen, Gedenkort Waldbau, KZ Neubrandenburg , Germany
2020 Public sculpture commission: Frauen-Kamm-Silhouetten, Gedenkort Waldbau, KZ Neubrandenburg , Germany
2016 Public sculpture commission by the German Consulate General of Donetsk for the City of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine.
2015 Co-curator of ‘Understanding’, an exhibition with 8 young, but well-known Kharkiv artists, Kharkiv, Ukraine
2008 Huang Hua Art Project: spent three weeks working in Beijing with Swedish artist Torsten Jurell.
2007 – 2010 Co-founder and MD of p.art.ners berlin-windhoek gGmbH, responsible for organizing, coordinating, funding and marketing of more than 50 different projects in visual arts, dance, music, theatre and film under the “Shared Experiences” artistic exchange program between Windhoek and Berlin. (Read more about it here)
2008 Initiator and coordinator of the ‘expressing.etosha’ art project for the centenary anniversary of the Etosha National Park. Curation of documentary exhibition at NAGN.
2004 Organiser and curator of the “Postcards from Namibia to Germany” exhibition, Goethe Center, Windhoek, on behalf of the German Embassy and the Goethe Center, German Cultural Weeks.

Permanent Collections:

Iwalewahaus Collection, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Graphotek Berlin, Germany
National Art Gallery of Namibia
Arts Association of Namibia
European Union (Windhoek, Namibia)
Etosha National Park, Namutoni – Permanent Land Art Installation (Namibia)
Public Sculpture, City of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine.

Workshop Facilitation:

2018 to date: Teacher at the Kreisvolkshochschule Oberhavel, creative courses
2016 E-course teacher for the ‘21 Secrets’ Workshop series
2015 “From Artist to Curator” 2 day workshop as part of the “International Workshop for Curators” in Kharkiv, Ukraine, organized by the Municipal Gallery of Kharkiv
2011 “Land Art Workshop” part of the EU funded “BERLIN STAGES – LIVE!” Grundtvig Workshop, Berlin
2011 “Exhibition Building and Marketing Workshop” John Muafangejo Art Centre, Windhoek. Responsible for 2 day workshop facilitation on planning and marketing of exhibitions.

Public talks & Presentations (Selection):

2015 “Things I Learned as a Curator” Public talk, Municipal Gallery of Kharkiv, Kharkiv, Ukraine.
2008 “Installation art and the expressing.etosha art project” public talk at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre, Windhoek
2006 Freie Universität Berlin (as part of a series of political lectures about Africa: Ringvorlesung: AFRIKA – EUROPAS VERKANNTER NACHBAR). All talks in this series have been compiled and published in a book by the same name. Germany
2006 Berliner Abgeordnetenhaus (Berlin-Windhoek heute – Memories. Power and Politics. Ein Themenabend mit Imke Rust), Germany

 Publications: (about my art and projects)

„Art Grant of the City of Bremen 2003-2008“ catalogue, Editor Dr K. Vatsella, Hachmann edition, Germany
„Seven Coloured Stones“ exhibition catalogue, Beijing, China.
„Afrika Europas verkannter Nachbar Band2“ Book, 2008) (Peter Lang Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften)
“FiB Kulturfront” Culture magazine Sweden, 2008. (Author: Torsten Jurell)
Konstperspektiv, Sweden, 2008 (Author: Torsten Jurell)
Art South Africa, Dec 2007 (South Africa) (Author: Kim Gurney)
expressing.etosha art project catalogue (Author: Meredith Palumbo, PhD)
UP ART, BBK Sep 06, Bremen, Germany (Dr Katerina Vatsella)

Publications: (cover art)

Canis Africanis by Sandra Swart (Author), Lance Van Sittert (Editor), Brill Publishers


Contact

Imke Rust

Email: imke(a)imkerust.de       (please replace the (a) with an @ for sending your email)

Postal Address:

In Germany:
Postal Address: Birken Str 11;  16515 Oranienburg, Germany

In Namibia:
Postal Address: P.O.Box 61, Okahandja,  Namibia
Physical Address: Brückenpark, Swakopmund, Namibia

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/imkerust_artist/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ImkeRustArt/

Media

Media about Imke Rust

2018

Zwischen den Welten – Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung 14/15 April 2018 Imke Rust ist in Namibia geboren, seit drei Jahren lebt sie mit ihrem Mann in Friedrichsthal – ihre Kunst ist Spiegel des Lebens auf zwei Konitinenten. von Heike Bergt. PDF Artikel

2016

Magiese Landskappe – Republikein (15/01/2016)
Namibies gebore Imke Rust bly deesdae in Berlyn saam met haar man, Steffen Holzkamp, ’n musikant en rolprentmaker. Nadat sy vir ses jaar deels in Windhoek en deels in Berlyn gewoon het, het sy nou besluit om Berlyn haar tuiste te maak. By Jacqueline Louw …lees meer

Ihre Kunst zieht weite Kreise
Fr, 2016-01-08 02:00 — Allgemeine Zeitung Ein Film über die Künstlerin Imke Rust spiegelt deren Schaffen wieder Der Film „An Infinite Scream“ feiert nächste Woche Namibia-Premiere. …weiterlesen

Interview mit Ralf Boll (NBC German Radio) 13 January 16 (Deutsch)
Steffen Holzkamp und Imke Rust sprechen über ihren Film ‘An Infinite Scream’ und das Leben als Künstlerpaar.

Film Resensie: An Infinite Scream
Elkeen van ons wat soos ‘n volstruis met sy kop in die sand staan, en vertrou die regering sal na al jou belange omsien, moet ‘n slag staan en wonder hoe goed dit uitgewerk het vir die Boesmans.   In ‘n aangrypende artistiese dokumentêr, “An Infinite Scream”, kry die Imke Rust jou kop uit die sand.

2015

Kreatives Brandenburg: Im Profil: Die Künstlerin Imke Rust (May 2015)
Erst in Deutschland hat die Künstlerin Imke Rust gemerkt, wie afrikanisch, wie namibisch sie eigentlich ist. Interview: Bianca Loschinsky …weiterlesen

Imke Rust – Wie viel Namibia steckt in Ihrer Kunst?
Wie viel Namibia steckt in ihrer Kunst? Wie prägt einen die Wüste?Was bedeutet es, als weiße Künstlerin in Afrika zu arbeiten?
Darüber sprach Britta Bürger mit Imke Rust am Dienstag, 2. September, 9:07 bis 10:00 Uhr in der Sendung “Im Gespräch” im Deutschlandradio Kultur. Interview hören…

2014

Pendlerin zwischen Welten (PDF)– Afrikapost 2/2014/Juni
Article about Imke Rust, written by Tobias Döpker, editor of the Mannheimer Morgen Newspaper. PDF format in the Afrikapost Magazin (2/2014/Juni)

2012

Arts association stops ‘political’ exhibition
(The Namibian, By: ADAM HARTMAN, 29.11.2012)
THE Swakopmund Arts Association has blocked an environmental arts exhibition that was planned at the Gallery Woermannhaus because it is not “suitable” for the gallery. Read on…

Woermannhaus Gallery Ban Local Artist’s Work
(Namib Independent, 29 November 2012, by Tanya Calitz) Please click the following link to download the PDF file: Namib Independent 29Nov12_PDF

Swakopmund Arts Association threatens to sue newspapers
(The Namibian, By: STAFF REPORTER, 03.12.2012)
THE Swakopmund Arts Association says it turned down an exhibition request because the Woermannhaus gallery was not “technically” suitable and because of “spatial restraints”. Read on…

Art gallery threatens legal action
(Namib Times, 4 Dec 2012, by Jade McClune.)
To download the PDF file: NamibTimes4dec12_Art gallery threatens legal action

Streit um Kunstausstellung
(Allgemeine Zeitung, Vom  6.12.2012, von Erwin Leuschner) . Weiterlesen…

Wegen „politischer Belastung“ abgelehnt
(Allgemeine Zeitung, Vom  6.12.2012 von Jasmin Paul)
Imke Rust beißt sich dennoch durch und kann ihre Ausstellung in Swakopmund zeigen
Weiterlesen…

Und ich spürte einen unendlichen Schrei, der durch die Namib gellte
(Namib Times, 7 December 12, page 2. Click the following link to download the PDF file: NamibTimes_ Interview7Dec12

Kunstwerke im Brennpunkt konträrer Interessen © André Sieverling
Allgemeine Zeitung, 11 Dec12

Wo ein Wille ist, da ist auch ein Weg
(Allgemeine Zeitung, 14Dec12, von Jasmin Paul)
Imke Rust eröffnet umstrittene „Land Art“-Ausstellung vor breitem Publikum
Nach langem Hin und Her um einen passenden Ausstellungsort kann seit dem späten Sonntag-Nachmittag Imke Rusts Multimediaausstellung im „The Last Resort Wellness Centre“ bestaunt und diskutiert werden.

Weiterlesen…

Imke Rust’s evocative art now on exhibition
The Namibian, By: ADAM HARTMAN, 14.12.2012
AN exhibition casting a critical eye on the controversial industrial developments at the coast has opened at Swakopmund. Read on…

Open Letter by Imke Rust
regarding the Swakopmund Arts Associations Claims and Actions 6/3/13: click here

2010

Made in China Exhibition

2008

It All Boils Down To A Single Word.

by Torsten Jurell , about the Namibian artist Imke Rust in the Swedish art magazine Konstperspektiv #3-08 (English translation)

IT IS THE LAST day in November. The clouds are frothing like cream down the slopes of Table Mountain when we meet in Cape Town – 28 artists at the Thupelo International Urban Art Workshop 2007.

Almost all those attending are from African nations. Four of us come from other parts of the world. We are there to work and exhibit. But, above all, we’re there to share our experiences as artists. One important aspect of the workshop is to show what kind of art we normally produce back home. To read more, click here.

2007

Catching up with Imke

An interview with Andrew Robson. Published on AfricanColours.com, Dec 2007.  Click here to read it: AfricanColours.com

Park Life / Art South Africa Vol06  Issue02 Summer07

Namibian art enjoys little currency in South Africa. The opening of a recent site-specific project at Etosha National Park allowed Kim Gurney to meet some of the country’s more established artists. Read more here…

2004

An Artist in Transition by Meredith Palumbo (Phd)

(This article was written for and published in the Flamingo, the in-flight magazine of Air Namibia(Issue August 2004).)

Imke Rust has experienced significant transitions in her artistic, professional, and personal life in the past year. She is devoting more time to making art, left the security of a curator’s position at the National Art Gallery of Namibia, established a new business, is finishing her Bachelors degree, and found herself facing these challenges alone after the end of a long term relationship. Looking at her career, one can see the evolution of her artistic spirit that brought about these monumental decisions, and are propelling her into uncharted territory. …To read more, click here.

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