Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA), University of South Africa
Born 1975, Windhoek, Namibian visual & conceptual artist, living in Windhoek and Berlin.
Full-time artist working in Berlin and Windhoek (2011 to date)
Co-founder and Managing Director of p.art.ners berlin-windhoek gGmbH. (2007-2010)
Self-employed as artist, curator and writer. ( since 2004-2010)
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:
Invited participant: 9th International Forest Art Path ‘Art Ecology’ 2018
Invited participant: 9th International Wind Art Festival “moving wind” 2018
Invited participant: Urban Nature Art – Global Nomadic Art Project Germany 2017
Invited participant International Land-Art Maastricht 2016
Invited participant Stories of Rain – Global Nomadic Art Project South Africa 2016
Grant from the National Arts Council of Namibia 2011/12 for land art project
Special Mention, Our Coast Your Photo competition, 2012
Thupelo International Artist Workshop, Cape Town
DAAD ‘Artists-in-Berlin Programme’ 2 month stipend in Berlin, Germany 2006
Bremer Kunststipendium (Bremer Parliament /Heimstiftung): 3 month stipend in Bremen, Germany 2006
First Prize (Overall Winner) Standard Bank Namibia Biennale 2005
Third Prize in the category: Sculpture in the National Ceramics Biennale 2004, PAN
First Prize Standard Bank Namibia Biennale 2001
“Highly Recommended” Award in the Sculpture Category in the Standard Bank Namibia Biennale 2001.
Fremde Welten. Orangerie Oranienburg, Germany 2018
The Horse is a Problem. The Horse Must Go. Pasinger Fabrik, Munich, Germany, 2017
Imke Rust – Land Art, Museum auf der Hardt, Wuppertal, 2017
...and I sensed an infinite scream passing through the Namib 2012, The Last Resort (non-gallery industrial space), Swakopmund
Goldgräberstimmung 2012 Grafik-Studio-Galerie Neumann, Berlin.
Made in China July 2010, Bank Windhoek Omba Gallery, Windhoek
wo-man September 2008, Wild Art Gallery, Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, Windhoek.
Memories / Power&Politics November 06, Rathaus Reinickendorf, Berlin, Germany
Memories / Power&Politics October 06, Bundespresseamt, Berlin, Germany.
Memories / Power&Politics September 06, Jugendkunstschule Atrium, Berlin, Germany.
Imke Rust: Bremer Kunststipendiatin May 06, Haus der Bremer Buergerschaft, Bremen, Germany.
Memories October 2005 at the Goethe Centre/ Namibisch-Deutsche Stiftung, Windhoek
flying solo September 2004 at the National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek.
Selected Group Exhibitions:
YATOO trifft Dreieich, Städtische Galerie, Dreieich, Germany 2017
Narratives of Space, National Art Gallery, Windhoek, Namibia, 2016
Geumgang Nature Art Biennale 2016 (Video), Korea, 2016
Weite Wirkt, in Münster, Rheine und Bocholt, Deutschland, Feb-Sep 2016
Art Inside, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia, March 2016
Bread, Salt & Wine, The Project Room, Windhoek, Namibia, April 2016
KUISEB Namibia, 2-Person Exhibition, Brotfabrik Galerie, Berlin, Deutschland, May 2016
Body & Soul, Fine Art Gallery, Swakopmund, Namibia, Feb15
DIALOGe, Aachner Kunstroute Proziton, Aachen, 2014
Desert Tavern Berlin, PrenzlProm Atelierhaus, Berlin, May 13
Privatbesitz – Sammlungen Bremer Künstlerinnen und Künstler, Städtische Galerie, Bremen, Sep-Nov12
Our Coast Your Photo, Studio 77, Windhoek & The Art Gallery, Swakopmund, Apr 12
Annual Visual Art Museum Programme, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Mar 12
Magic in Art, Woermannhaus Gallery, Swakopmund. Feb12
Namibia 6 (Berlin-Windhoek 2008-2012) Rathaus Galerie, Kunstamt Reinickendorf, Berlin. Jan12
Jahresendausstellung, Grafik Galerie Neumann, Berlin, Nov 2011
Visual Artists of Namibia Annual Members’ Exhibition, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Nov 2011
Neu in der Graphothek, Rathausgalerie Reinickendorf, Berlin, Oct 11.
Junge Kunst aus Namibia, Volksbank Trossingen, Aug11
Annual Visual Art Museum Program, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Jun11.
Junge Kunst aus Namibia, Berliner Abgeordnetenhaus Galerie. Berlin, March 2011
New Works 2 person exhibition with Silke Berens, Studio 77, Windhoek, October 2010
Women Art Exhibition of Namibia National Art Gallery of Namibia, August 2010
Aakulu Yonale/Vorfahren: Namibian Printmakers 2-person exhibition with Alpheus Mvula. Montcalm College, Michigan, US, December 2009
Sculptures in Space Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre, Windhoek, October 2009
Aakulu Yonale/Vorfahren: Namibian Printmakers 2-person exhibition with Alpheus Mvula. Kendall College of Art & Design Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan, US, September 2009
emanguluko -An exhibition of thoughts on independence Studio 77, Windhoek, March 2009.
Seven Colored Stones Yuan Art Gallery, Da Shanzi Art District, Beijing, June 2008.
Sharing Spaces Thupelo artists 2007, Accident Gallery. Eureka, California, USA
Thupelo International Artists Workshop Open Day, Cape Town, South Africa, November 2007
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. 2007
…Namib>> joint exhibition with Michael Weisser, Bremer Medienzentrum, Bremen, Germany (Catalogue). April 2006
Standard Bank Namibia BiennaleNational Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek. (Catalogue). 1999/2001/03/05
okuthindila: contemporary printmaking from namibia London Print Studio, UK 2005
An unobstructed view: new art from Africa GTZ headquarters, Eschborn/Frankfurt, Germany. 2004
Ai//gams Cultural Festival Art Exhibition, Katutura Art Centre, Windhoek. 2004
National Ceramics Biennale 2004, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek. 2004
Human Touch Exhibition of Namibian art in Turin and Milan, Italy. (Catalogue). 2003
Female Artists of Namibia National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek. 2003
Projects and Experience:
Public sculpture commission by the German Consulate General of Donetsk for the City of Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. (2016)
Co-curator of ‘Understanding’, an exhibition with 8 young, but well-known Kharkiv artists, Kharkiv, Ukraine (2015)
Huang Hua Art Project: spent three weeks working in Beijing with Swedish artist Torsten Jurell. (July 2008)
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(2007-10). (Read more about it here)
Initiator and coordinator of the ‘expressing.etosha’ art project for the centenary anniversary of the Etosha National Park. Curation of documentary exhibition at NAGN.
Organiser and curator of the “Postcards from Namibia to Germany” exhibition, Goethe Center, Windhoek, on behalf of the German Embassy and the Goethe Center, 2004 German Cultural Weeks.
E-course teacher for the ‘21 Secrets’ Workshop series, Fall 2016
“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. 2015
“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. (2011)
Public talks & Presentations (Selection):
“Things I Learned as a Curator” Public talk, Municipal Gallery of Kharkiv, Kharkiv, Ukraine. 2015.
“Installation art and the expressing.etosha art project” public talk at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre, Windhoek. 2008
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, 2006.
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)
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, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine.