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Studio Sale Windhoek

Dear Namibian friends, collectors and art lovers,

This is your chance to own that special artwork of mine.

I will be holding a studio sale this weekend at my Windhoek studio!! I am sorry it is at such short notice, but hope you can make it anyway.

If you are interested in my art, this will be a good opportunity to buy some of my (mostly) older works for good prices. There are big and small works, on paper, on canvas, on board… something for every taste and price. You might even find that last minute Christmas present for yourself or someone special.

I will be moving out of my Windhoek home/studio. By buying some of my art you will help me raise to raise some funds for the move and lighten the load of art that needs to be moved and stored 🙂

There will also be some art books, catalogues and magazines for sale.

When: Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th of December, 2pm to 6pm
Where: My studio in Klein Windhoek (please contact me to get the address)

Please RSVP if you are interested to come. If you cannot make it on those two afternoons, contact me to see if we can arrange another time during the week or later.

You can reach me on my Namibian cell number: 081 703 1312

Please share this invitation with your friends – I have lost many of my Namibian contacts and would appreciate your help.

I am looking forward to hopefully seeing you again!

Thank you and kind regards
Imke

Here are some of the available works, but there are many more….

9th International Forest Art Path Darmstadt

Art and Ecology – that is the theme of this year’s Forest Art Path (Waldkunstpfad) curated by Ute Ritschel and Sue Spaid.

Walking Along a Crack in a Rock, Performance documented as a photo collage (© Imke Rust, 2017)

I am very excited that I have been invited to install a site-specific land art installation for this event. The large-scale installation which I will be creating is entitled ‘Energy’. I will post progress pictures on my Instagram account and here if I find the time.

From next week on I will be in Darmstadt and creating alongside a wonderful group of 23  artists from 9 countries.

I thought I let you know, just in case you are in or close to Darmstadt and want to come and say Hi.

There are a few official dates where you can learn more about my art:

Wednesday, 25th of July, 20h00 I will be speaking at the Wednesday Forum Artist Talks at the International Forest Art Centre. Ludwigshöhstr. 137

Tuesday, 31st July, 20h00 I will be giving a presentation about the ‘Creative Secrets of Rainmaking’ at the International Forest Art Centre. Ludwigshöhstr. 137

And the official opening of the 9th International Forest Path will take place on Saturday, the 11th August 2018 at 15h00 at the Ludwigshöhturm.

Hope to see you there. But you are also welcome to contact me to arrange to meet me in the forest while I am working. (between the 23rd of July and the 10th of August).

Click HERE for the full program and details (PDF in German).

I will also be revisiting some of my old works, which I have created in this forest in 2017 during the Global Nomadic Art Project Germany – Urban Nature Art.

Bark Figure, Waldkunstpfad 2017, © Imke Rust

Here is a list of the other artists who are participating and whom you might like to meet too:

431art – Torsten Grosch und Haike Rausch (Germany)
Isabelle Aubry (France)
Emanuelle Camacci / Fulvio D’Orazio (Italy)
Rebecca Chesney (UK)
Mark and Beth Cooley (US)
Georg Dietzler (Germany)
Kim Goodwin (South Africa)
Joachim Jacob / Florian Schneider (Germany)
Daniela di Maro (Italy)
Anke Mellin (Germany)
Imke Rust (Germany/Namibia)
Noboyuko Suguhara (Japan)
Kevin Sullivan (USA)
Vera Thaens (Belgium)
Stefanie Welk / Bianca Bischer (Germany)
Susanne Resch / Christoph von Erffta (Germany)
IMD Projekt Julia Mihaly, Stockhausen Konzert

For further information please visit the official website of the organizers: https://2018.waldkunst.com/

“Fremde Welten” Finissage (Reminder)

(For English, please scroll down)

Exhibition view ‘Fremde Welten’ Imke Rust at the Orangerie, Oranienburg

Erinnerung: Finissage

Die Ausstellung ‚Fremde Welten’ der namibischen Künstlerin Imke Rust ist noch bis zum 5. April in der Orangerie zu besichtigen.

Am 5. April, um 18:30 Uhr lädt die Künstlerin alle Interessierten zur Finissage ein. Bei einem Glas Wein kann man die Arbeiten noch ein letztes Mal sehen und mit der Künstlerin ins Gespräch kommen. Um 19:15 wird noch ein 45 minütiger Dokumentarfilm über die ausgestellten Land Art Arbeiten gezeigt.

Der Film ‚An Infinite Scream’ dokumentiert mit wunderschönen Bildern und Eindrücken die Entstehung der Arbeiten, verfolgt aber auch die politischen Hintergründe und wirft Fragen über Kunstfreiheit, Zensur und den Stellenwert der Kunst in der Gesellschaft auf. Steffen Holzkamp, Filmemacher, Musiker und Ehemann der namibischen Künstlerin, wird auch anwesend sein und nach der Filmvorführung gemeinsam mit der Imke Rust Fragen zu dem Projekt und Film beantworten.

Der Film wird in deutscher Sprache gezeigt.
Weitere Infos zu dem Film und eine kurze Vorschau gibt es unter https://aninfinitescream.wordpress.com/

Synopsis:

In der prallen Wüstensonne über 1000 Weißdornen zu Kreisen legen? Schwarze Müllsackrosen in die Sanddünen pflanzen? Oder eine halbe Tonne Salz  zu einer begehbaren Skulptur formen?

Die Landart Installationen der Namibischen Künstlerin Imke Rust folgen einem immanenten Anliegen: Der Sorge über den zunehmenden Uranabbau in Namibia und der Verschandelung der Wüste. Ihre Kunstwerke sorgen für Aufmerksamkeit, verstehen sich aber auch als ein symbolischer Schutz für das geschundene Land.

Kann Kunst etwas bewirken? Was kann ich tun? Mit diesen Fragen beschäftigt sich Imke Rust auf eindringliche Weise.

In 2012 in Namibia und Berlin gedreht, spiegelt der Film die  teils meditative Stimmung der Entstehung von Rust’s Landart. Ruhige Einstellungen bei der Installation der „Salt Circles“ oder reportagige Handkamera bei der Videoperformance „The Scream“ auf der Seebrücke am Atlankik: Schnitt und Montage folgen dem Tempo der Kunst.

Die Absage der gebuchten Rust-Ausstellung seitens der Kunstvereinigung bringt dem Film eine dramaturgische Wendung und verlagert den Schwerpunkt hin zu einer gesellschaftlichen und medialen Kontroverse über die „Freiheit der Kunst“ in Namibia.

So organisiert sich die bekannte Künstlerin mit Hilfe durch ein Netzwerk von Unterstützern ihre Ausstellung einfach selbst.

Starke Bilder an atemberaubenden Orten, sowie Illustrationen und Musik verdichten den Film zu einem eindrucksvollen Statement für Courage und Eigeninitiative im eher konservativen Namibia.

Die Filmarbeit in Namibia wurde teilweise vom National Arts Council of Namibia unterstützt.

Alle Arbeiten stehen zum Verkauf. Dazu bietet sich die Chance bei der Finissage oder wenn sie nicht vor Ort sein können, melden sie sich bitte per Email bei mir.

Adresse: Orangerie, Kanalstraße 26a, 16515 Oranienburg

ENGLISH:
Reminder: Finissage

The Exhibition ‘Fremde Welten’ by Imke Rust can still be viewed at the Orangerie (Oranienburg) till the 5th of April 2018.

On the 5th of April, at 18h30 you furthermore have a the opportunity to join the artist for a glass wine at the Finissage, to view the works and meet the artist. At 19h15 a 45min documentary (in German) about the origin and process of Imke Rust’s land art works which are on the display will be shown.

The filmmaker and musician Steffen Holzkamp, who is also Rust’s husband, will be present and there is time for questions after the film.

The film ‘An Infinite Scream’ not only shows the artist’s effort to raise awareness of the increasing pollution and destruction through Uranium mining in the Namib Desert, but also raises questions about artistic freedom, censorship and the power of art.

You can find a trailer and more information about the film under https://aninfinitescream.wordpress.com/

Artworks are for sale, either at the Orangerie or through contacting me via email.

Exhibiting at Roots & Wings (Windhoek)

I am excited to be participating in this upcoming group exhibition, together with many other interesting artists! Curated by Frieda Lühl.

Roots & Wings

Come to the opening on the 10th of November (6pm) at the Project Room, to see how different artists have interpreted this theme. Or, if you cannot make it to the opening, the exhibition will be on view till the 25th of November. It is not long, so do not miss it!

Address: 32 Jenner Street, Windhoek West, Namibia.
Opening hours for the duration of the exhibition:
Tuesday to Friday: 9am – 1pm, Saturday 10am – 1pm
Enquiries: info@frieda.co.za

Unfortunately I will not be present at the opening, but I hope many of you can make it!

 

Wuppertal, Munich and Travelling Back in Time

Do you also have the feeling that your life has become so busy, that you have no time for all the stuff you want to do? Or to read all the blogs you are subscribed to?

The first quarter of the year is almost passed and somehow I have neglected my blog. Well, many things are happening and keeping me busy – which is mostly good news. Another reason is that with so many things, which are happening on all fronts (personal, family, political, career etc), I am left with so many impressions, thoughts, ideas, questions… It feels as if I have so much to say and to share, and yet I do not know where to start. It feels as if I would need another lifetime to sort all ideas and find the right way to share them. Or a personal assistant… Or a way to magically write down all that is in my mind within a few hours.

So I am trying to navigate these times, which feel chaotic and alive, terrifying and promising at the same time, as best and honestly as I can. To live each moment more consciously and deliberately waiting to find clarity, allowing life to unfold its plan at its own pace. I am considering writing shorter, but more frequent blogs… let’s see if that is a better way to deal with my and your busy life and still stay in touch.

A quick update:

My exhibition in Munich has just finished. It was very well visited and the highlight was, that a friend has organised for me to fly to Munich and talk about my art to interested guests in a guided tour of my exhibition. I really enjoy that direct contact with the people who are interested my art. Most of my art is filled with layers of meaning and thoughts, and people have commented how enriching they find to look at the art, and then additionally hear me talk about it.

Here are a few impressions from the exhibition and the guided tour (Click on the images for a larger view and description):

The event has been organized by Carola von Maltzahn from http://www.vonmaltzahn.net/ and Christian Bräuer from Art Dine & Table – Die Kunstpatrouille (www.christian-braeuer.de) Photos: Carola von Maltzahn.

I had another exhibition opening in March, at the Museum auf der Hardt, Wuppertal.

The exhibition and screening of the documentary film about my land art project ‘An Infinite Scream’ was part of a Symposium organized by the Vereinte Evangelische Mission.

Here are some images from the exhibition, opening and film screening. Photos by Ramona Hedtmann, VEM and myself.

Only shortly before the event, I realised that I have a much deeper connection to this museum and place than I could have imagined. My Great-Great-Grandfather Eduard Dannert and Great-Grandfather August Kuhlmann were both missionaries in Namibia and were sent by this very same institution to Africa. Needless to say, the museum and archives have lots of information, documentation and objects from these ancestors of mine, like for instance the sewing machine of my Great-Grandmother… and this sewing machine, together with a letter which August Kuhlmann wrote to General von Trotha trying to convince him to treat the Herero people more humanly were exhibited in the same space, next to my political works. What an honour and humbling experience.

If you happen to be in Wuppertal, you are welcome to view the exhibition. It is still on till the 4th of April. More information, directions and opening times: http://www.vemission.org/museumarchive.html

I am so excited that spring seems to have finally arrived! After so much political art and talk, I felt like painting something light and colourful, to welcome spring.

Upcoming Exhibition in Munich

PRESSEMITTEILUNG / PRESS RELEASE
(For information in German, please scroll down)

If you are in Munich, you soon have a chance to view a large series of my work under the title: The Horse is a Problem. The Horse Must Go. It will be exhibited in the Pasinger Fabrik, as part of a large event organized by the German- Namibian Association (DNG). They will also show their documentative traveling exhibition about the work they are doing and landscape photography by Helmuth Gries. The program entails even more, such as a podiumdiscussion with the Namibian Ambassador to Germany and Namibian movie nights. The exhibition will be opened on the 9th of February and will run till the 26th of March.

If you would like more information in English, please contact me.

Event poster. Artwork by Imke Rust

Event poster. Artwork by Imke Rust

Pressemitteilung in Deutsch:

Namibia

Dokumentation – Fotografie – Malerei – Objekte
10.02. – 26.03.2017

Vernissage: 09.02.2017, 19.00 Uhr
Eröffnung durch den Botschafter der Republik Namibia Andreas Guibeb

10.02.2017 19.00 Uhr Podiumsdiskussion mit dem Botschafter der Republik Namibia Andreas Guibeb und Andreas Herbig, Vertreter der Deutsch-Namibischen Gesellschaft

26.03.2017, 18.00 Uhr Kuratorenführung mit  Andreas Herbig, Vertreter der Deutsch-Namibischen Gesellschaft

Namibianisches Filmprogramm siehe Flyer

Galerie, tägl. außer Mo. 16.00-20.00 Uhr, Eintritt 4,–/2,– €

 Imke Rust: The Horse is a Problem. The Horse Must Go.

Imke Rusts Arbeiten zeigen kein gewöhnliches Namibiabild. Die gebürtige deutsch-Namibierin drückt durch ihre vielseitige und eigenwillige Bildsprache ihre eigene komplexe Beziehung zu ihrem Heimatland aus. Sie kratzt an der oberflächlichen ‚Postkarten’ Wahrnehmung und hinterfragt und kommentiert auf ihre individuelle Weise die Vergangenheit und Gegenwart Namibias. In ihren Arbeiten sind das Persönliche, das Politische und Existentielle untrennbar miteinander verknüpft. So unterschiedlich wie ihre Beobachtungen ist auch ihre Ausdrucksweise: mal leicht, mal kräftig. Humorvoll und dann wieder aufschreckend ernst führt sie uns durch ihre Welt.

Die Land Art und multimediale Künstlerin Imke Rust pendelt seit sechs Jahren zwischen ihrer Heimat Namibia und Deutschland, zwischen Wüste und Wald. An der Universität von Südafrika absolvierte sie ihr BA-Degree in Visual Art und ist zweimalige Gewinnerin des wichtigsten Kunstpreises Namibias, der Standard Bank Namibia Biennale. In zahlreichen Solo- und Gruppenausstellungen wurden ihre Arbeiten weltweit ausgestellt. Über ein Stipendium des Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienstes (DAAD) kam sie 2006 das erste Mal nach Berlin.

Namibia und Deutschland – Aktuelle Aspekte einer besonderen Beziehung

Namibia – ein Land, das nicht nur auf Grund seiner atemberaubenden Landschaften und Tierwelt, sondern auch wegen seiner politischen Stabilität ein sehr beliebtes Reiseziel der Deutschen ist. Seit der Unabhängigkeit im März 1990 festigen Beschlüsse des Deutschen Bundestages das Sonderverhältnis beider Länder. Die bilateralen Beziehungen werden an Beispielen aus Politik, Gesellschaft, Wissenschaft, Kultur und Tourismus in dieser Ausstellung veranschaulicht.
Die Wanderausstellung ist ein Projekt der Deutsch-Namibischen Gesellschaft (DNG), die auf eine fast 40-jährige Arbeit im Zusammenspiel Namibias und Deutschland zurück blicken kann. Die DNG unterstützt Projekte in Namibia und fördert den Jugend- und Kulturaustausch.
In der gezeigten Wanderausstellung werden das Land Namibia und seine engen vielfältigen Beziehungen zu Deutschland gezeigt.
Der Betrachter erfährt in der Ausstellung Wissenswertes über die Geographie, die faszinierende Geologie, Flora und Fauna, die Bevölkerung, die Gesellschaft und die aktuellen politischen Gegebenheiten. In einem kleinen historischen Teil wird der Werdegang vom deutschen Schutzgebiet zum heutigen Staat Namibia gezeigt, in dem Deutsch unter anderen immer noch eine anerkannte Sprache ist.
http://www.dngev.de

Namibia – Fotografien von Helmut Gries

Helmut Gries, geb. 1955 in Deutschland und Fotograf vor allem für Naturbilder,  hat  vor 20 Jahren Namibia für sich entdeckt und für die Ausstellung in der Pasinger Fabrik eine Auswahl mit unterschiedlichsten Aspekten des Landes zusammengestellt.

Fasziniert von Land, Leuten und Natur bereist er den „Diamanten Afrikas“ inzwischen regelmäßig. Auf 36 Reisen hat er inzwischen mehr als 100.000 km mit dem Auto zurückgelegt, viele Flugkilometer in entlegene Regionen mit Kleinflugzeugen absolviert, die zentrale Bergwelt auf dem Rücken eines Dromedars erkundet und die wasserreichen Gebiete entlang der Grenzen zu Angola und Botswana in Booten durchstreift. Ausgedehnte Wanderungen haben ihn mehrfach in den Fish River Canyon und in die Weiten der Wüste Namib geführt, die er 2015 zu Fuß vom Sossusvlei bis zum Atlantischen Ozean durchquert hat.

Sein Fotoarchiv über Landschaften, Tiere und Menschen umfasst Zehntausende von Aufnahmen. Die Motive lichtet er mit digitalen Spiegelreflexkameras von Nikon und Objektiven von Nikon und Sigma mit Brennweiten zwischen 10 mm und 600 mm ab. Seine eindrucksvollen Fotografien werden neben einem seit 2001 jährlich erscheinenden Fotokalender, in Magazinen und Reisekatalogen sowie auf Postkarten und Websites veröffentlicht. Inzwischen sind auch zwei Bildbände über den Süden und den Norden Namibias erschienen. Im Rahmen seiner Aktivitäten in der Deutsch-Namibischen Gesellschaft e.V. stellt Helmut Gries das faszinierende Land im Südwesten Afrikas regelmäßig in Audiovisionsshows vor.

http://www.namibia-kalender.de
http://www.namibiorama.de

Weitere Informationen:
Thomas Linsmayer
Ausstellungsleitung/Verwaltung

Pasinger Fabrik Kultur- und Bürgerzentrum GmbH
Eine Einrichtung der Landeshauptstadt München
August-Exter-Straße 1
D 81245 München
Tel +49 (0)89 829290 -13
Fax +49 (0)89 829290 -99
t.linsmayer@pasinger-fabrik.com

Click here to see or download the event flyer with all information.

Longing to Belong

69 Strands of (be)Longing, Fake and natural hair, branch and wire. Artwork created by Imke Rust at the ILAM, May 2016

69 Strands of (be)Longing,
Fake and natural hair, branch and wire. Artwork created by Imke Rust at the ILAM, May 2016

In May I had been in Maastricht as an invited artist to the International Land Art Maastricht Symposium. I had shared some pictures from this wonderful event together with an invitation to come and see the results, but I have not had the time to tell you more about the artwork that I created there. So today I would like to share with you some thoughts and images, especially for those of you, who could not see the work in person.

Artists were asked to propose an artwork that they would create in the park of the Chateau Jerusalem. The theme of the symposium was ‘Connected’. We had five days to complete the work, which then was on exhibition for the following two weeks.

This is the concept, which I originally formulated for my plans:

“I am exploring the ‘Connected’ theme through a material that everybody connects to African women: long, black braided hair. Although they usually are made out of fake artificial material, they have come to represent a certain identity (African), but at the same time they are also an imitation of another identity (western, long, smooth hair). In so many ways they are connecting different worlds. To me they are also a strong metaphor for belonging and identity. Hair and braids can also be used as ropes to climb to another life (Rapunzel), and relate to the migration of refugees to Europe.

As a white African I am intrigued by working with this fake hair, as a form to express the duality and paradox of my own identity and belonging. The combination of synthetic and natural materials, illusions created and the process of braiding are additional aspects, which I want to explore.”

69 Strands of (be)Longing, Fake and natural hair, branch and wire. May 2016

69 Strands of (be)Longing,
Fake and natural hair, branch and wire. Artwork created by Imke Rust at the ILAM, May 2016

I had some vague ideas of how I wanted to proceed, but since I have not seen the park and have never worked in this material before, I decided to stay open and flexible and just trust the process.

When I arrived there and saw all the grand and impressive plans from the other artists, my heart sunk. Maybe my work was too timid, too small, too unspectacular? And what if it does not work out in any way I had imagined? I had no chance to try it out before, so either it worked or it would fail… What could I do, besides just start and hope for the best? I started and was flooded with even more doubts. Am I allowed, as a white woman to make art with this kind of hair, which usually is only used by black women? Could I even dream of braiding as neatly and perfectly as those hairdressers back home in Namibia do? Aren’t they the real artists who can make the most stunning patterns and styles for their customers? Who am I to now want to use this method and material to create my art?

Well, I had a lot of time to think, while I braided. And every time the doubts and insecurities became too strong, I heard the inner voice saying: Just trust the process.

I remembered that one of the reasons why I initially wanted to work with braiding, was the repetitive process itself. Somehow it is a process that is fairly easy, but demands just enough concentration and focus, that you have to stay in the here and now, but also leaves enough space for your mind to relax and wander off into thoughts that you usually are too busy for.

This work quickly became much more about that process and the inner dialogue that happened, than the final physical artwork. For five days I just sat there, under a beautiful tree, in the middle of the park and braided. I got to understand how this synthetic material reacted to humidity, dryness, wind and weather. How it sometimes could be so stubborn and putting up a real fight to get under control, and other times it just flowed through my fingers as if it was the most natural thing to happen. I became calm and looked forward to my work and every next strand.

My thoughts turned to my first memories of braiding. When I was a young girl, it was my father who braided my hair every day. And it was also he, who taught me how to braid. And I was so proud, that I even knew (from him) how to braid with more than 3 strands. While everybody looked at braiding as a typical female activity, I connected it to my father. And yet, it was my mother who had to go and buy the fake hair in Namibia (yes, these hairs were made in Namibia and sent all the way to Germany), so it was kind of a family effort that ensured I could sit in Maastricht in a park and braid ‘my’ hair.

Masculine and feminine… control and wildness… order and chaos… expectations and reality… appearance and authenticity… there were so many concepts that flowed into and through my being and into the braids (or did it flow out of them or the process?) while I was working.

With every next strand I had another chance of flowing. The focus changing and shifting… With every movement I moved on, the strand started, got longer and longer, and then, suddenly it reached the end.

I made a rough knot into the strand to keep it from coming undone and originally thought I will melt the ends to make a neat and proper ending. After a few strands with wild and chaotic knotted ends, I noticed the beauty, the wildness and the dynamic of these endings, the contrast to the neat braids… and decided to leave them just like that.

Through folding thin strands of hair over each other again and again… the central aspect became more obvious for me. With every movement there was a longing. A longing to come to the end, but also a longing for so much more… To belong, to understand, to control, to find the balance, to find a (my) place … to just be.

Where do I belong? To my home country, where I am too white in the eyes of many? Or to Germany, where I appear (on the first outer impression) to rather belong, but where I am a stranger? Do I ‘belong’ to be more controlled, or more wild? To fit better into the pattern of society or do my ends just come loose anyway?

Click on the images below to see a larger view and read about some further details.

Braiding, braiding, braiding… in 5 days I managed to braid 69 long strands. I managed to contain my sadness in these braids, to reassess the world and my ideas about it and to learn that I can and should just trust the process. The process of an artwork, but also the process of life…

Life is like these strands. Every day you begin with a new one, a new chance. You do your best to get as far as possible. But in the end it does not matter how far you come and how many days you get. What matters is your experience and your insights, your joy, but also your struggles and what you have learned through them.

Trust the process…

Here is a video taking you around the final artwork. In the photos one aspect gets lost, and that is how alive this work seems. How it dances and moves in the wind. The video gives you a small impression of that.