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Cassi Namoda

Selected Artworks

Acrylic on canvas
Work: 167.6 x 233.7 cm
Oil and acrylic on cotton poly
Work: 121.9 x 152.2 x 2.5 cm
Acrylic on canvas
Work: 121.9 x 213.4 cm
Glazed ceramic tiles
Work: 210 x 150 cm
Oil paint, rags, steel, spruce and hessian ropev
Acrylic on canvas
Work: 12.7 x 12.7 cm
Acrylic on canvas
Work: 15.2 x 10.2 cm
Oil and acrylic on canvas
Work: 152.4 x 121.9 cm
Acrylic on canvas
Work: 10.2 x 15.2 cm
Acrylic on canvas
Work: 12.7 x 12.7 cm


Cassi Namoda image

Cassi Namoda (b. 1988) is a painter whose work transfigures the cultural mythologies and historical narratives of life in post-colonial Africa, particularly those of the artist’s native Mozambique. Namoda’s paintings are highly elusive, drawing upon literary, cinematic and architectural influences that capture the expansiveness of her specifically Luso-African vantage point. The idiosyncratic subjects who appear and reappear in Namoda’s paintings also convey this hybridity: they emerge from African indigenous religions just as much as they spring from Western mythologies. Her work borrows from an art historical canon and arises from vernacular photography in equal measure. While they appear straightforward, her images are conceptually rigorous and portray figures with complex narratives. Namoda is equally attentive to landscape, creating scenes that depict both the rural and the urban through a surreal lens. Having lived in Haiti, the United States, Kenya, Benin, Uganda and other countries, Namoda has acquired a grasp of place that is at once grounded and subversive. Her landscapes resound with the features of equatorial life – blazing suns, palm trees –but they are mythic in their representation and pleasantly impeccable – mirroring the subjects that populate them.

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Cape Town Gallery
14 July - 03 September 2022
Cape Town Gallery - Greenpoint
16 February - 19 June 2022

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