The British Council invited Namibia, through the Directorate of Arts (Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture), to participate in the International Architecture and Design Showcase (IADS) in London, as part of the Cultural Olympiad.
The IADS aims to facilitate embassies and cultural institutes internationally to “lead a global debate on architecture, design and issues that are vital to cities and communities around the world”. The Department has taken the lead to develop an exhibition, which, if funds allow, will also be showcased in Namibia, later this year. A short abstract about the exhibition follows:
The exhibition seeks to trace the complexity of the production of space throughout the country’s turbulent history, and to develop a critical understanding of the contemporary, post-colonial Namibian city. Different definitions of space coexist both socially and spatially. 22 years after independence, social inequality is growing amid the country getting entangled in global economic dynamics; urbanisation, although radically on the increase, still develops along embedded patterns of Apartheid planning while the country continues to portray itself as the land of wide-open spaces to the outside world; where mostly German colonial buildings are defined as National Heritage, new forms of monumentality are imported from foreign countries once again, while other places are being transformed to embody the decolonisation of spaces and minds.
NAMIBIA – Definitions of Space
30 June - 12 July 2012
P3 Gallery, University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LS
London, United Kingdom
*Originally published on 1 April 2012