Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
6 Heddon St
Exhibition runs 24 January to 22 February 2020
Private view & performance 23rd January
Taking its title from an East African proverb, the exhibition features new paintings that explore life and love in the city of Maputo, in Mozambique the artist’s birthplace and home for several years. Veering between the polarities of joy and pain, Namoda foregrounds individual human experience alongside observations about life in a post-colonial, post-communist society. Namoda, who travels constantly and has no fixed studio, grew up between Mozambique, Haiti and the United States. She incorporates the fluidity created by this mixed cultural and racial identity into her artistic practice, reflecting a sense of flux in the very composition of her paintings. Each work is made up of images drawn from archival photographs, memories and imagination, weaving together personal experience and broader historical and fictional narratives.
About the performance at the private view:
During the exhibition’s opening night the artist will activate her installation Tea of Nostalgia in a new performance, during which she will steep tea leaves harvested in her grandfather’s region of Gurúè in an original colonial tea set. In this performance the artist brings together past and present, simultaneously asserting her place within her family history while also forming a new relationship with the audience.