Elisia Nghidishange

 

Elisia Nghidishange was born in Eenhana in northern Namibia. This printmaker, sculptor and mixed media artist graduated from the College of the Arts in Windhoek in 2016. Nghidishange has taken part in various group exhibitions locally, and in 2017 she opened her first solo exhibition titled ‘The Cost of Wealth’ at the Goethe-Institut, Windhoek. Of her artistic process, Nghidishange explains, “I have always used and been inspired by the materials that have been part of my life since childhood.” Working with motifs drawing from the human figure, cow horns, and ostrich eggshell beads, Nghidishange’s work also explores relationships between the pursuit of wealth and the place of tradition in a contemporary and cosmopolitan society, and between gender and tradition in this context.

 

Nghidishange exhibited as part of StArt Art Gallery's exhibition ‘Being Here’ in 2017. In 2019, Nghidishange completed her first artist residency in Rapperswil, Switzerland where she held her second solo exhibition called ‘The Change Of.... Eendume Movakwahepo Shendjeni’. Nghidishange held her third solo exhibition 'Insight of Intrusive Women' at the National Art Gallery of Namibia in July 2020. Read more about this recent body of work HERE.

 
 

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2019 The Change Of.... Eendume Movakwahepo Shendjeni, Kunst(zeug)haus, Rapperswil, Switzerland

2017 The Cost of Wealth, Goethe Institut Gallery, Windhoek 

 

Group Exhibitions

2019 We Me, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia 

2019 Modern Transform Tradition, Omba Gallery, Windhoek, Namibia  

2019 Independence Poster, The Project Room, Windhoek, Namibia  

2019 Creations, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia 

2018 Booth, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia 

2018 The Shape of Life, www.namibianartnet.com, Windhoek, Namibia

2018 New Beginnings, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia 

2017 Roots and Wings, The Project Room, Windhoek, Namibia

2017 Being Here, Start Art Gallery, Windhoek, Namibia

2017 Bank Windhoek Triennial, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

2017, 2019 New Beginnings, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

2017 I come from women, John Muafangejo Art Centre, Windhoek, Namibia 

2017 I Create Namibia, John Muafangejo Art Centre, Windhoek, Namibia 

2016 Art Splash, College of the Arts, Windhoek, Namibia

2016 Art Inside, National Art Gallery of Namibia Windhoek, Namibia

 

Selected Residencies and Workshops

2019 Foundation Futur, Rapperswil, Switzerland (3 months)

2019 Co-ordinator: Foundation Futur, Rapperswil, Switzerland at the University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia 

2016 Co-ordinator: Ceramics, John Muafangejo Art Centre, Windhoek, Namibia

2016 Co-ordinator: Printmaking, The Project Room, Windhoek, Namibia

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