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Tuli Mekondjo




Self-taught artist Tuli Mekondjo lives and works in Windhoek, Namibia. She works with mixed media (embroidery, collage, paint, resin and mahangu grain, a Namibian food staple) and extends these textured media into performance. Drawing on photographic archives and histories of the loss and erasure of Namibian cultural practices, she explores history and identity politics through the lens of those who lived in exile during Namibia’s independence war.

She describes her approach as strongly ‘freestyle': "I get an idea, then I start working on experimental pieces to test it out. I'm very hands-on, very experimental. I learn as I go along, and in the process, I make mistakes, have lucky accidents, experience light bulb moments, and then discover interesting ways of doing things".

@ courtesy of  GUNS & RAIN & the artist

Solo exhibitions

Group exhibitions 

  • Duo show "I was her and she was me..." at Sakhile & Me Art Gallery, Frankfurt/Main, Germany (2022)
  • UNSETTLED - group exhibition curated by Duende Art Projects at Zwartzusters Monastery, Antwerp, Belgium (May-July 2022)
  • Independent - group exhibition at Afrika-Haus Berlin, Germany (2022)
  • THREADS - group exhibition together with El Anatsui - curated by Duende Art Projects at Zwartzusters Monastery, Antwerp, Belgium (2021)
  • REDEFINING THE TREND – Histories in the Makingcurated by Christine Eyene during 1-54 London at Christie’s, UK (2021)
  • Memoria: récits d’une autre Histoire at Frac Nouvelle Aquitaine MÉCA, Bordeaux, France (2021)
  • Finding Memories: Additions to an everyday archive of independence – Group Show at StArt Art Gallery, Windhoek, Namibia (2021)
  • The Borders of Memory at Guns and Rain, Johannesburg, South Africa and at The Project Room, Namibia (2020)
  • Suffrage Women’s Group Show at Guns & Rain, Johannesburg (2019)
  • Future Africa Visions in Time exhibition, a 2018 collaboration between the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, Iwalewahaus Bayreuth and the Goethe-Institut Namibia

Art Fairs

  • FNB Art Joburg 2021, Johannesburg, South Africa (with Guns & Rain)
  • 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2021, UK (with Guns & Rain)
  • 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2020, UK (with Guns & Rain)
  • ARCO Lisboa Online 2020, Portugal (with Guns & Rain)
  • Investec Cape Town Art Fair 2020, South Africa (with Guns & Rain)
  • Untitled at Art Miami Beach 2020, USA (with Guns & Rain)
  • 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2019, UK (with Guns & Rain)
  • AKAA (Also Known As Africa) Art & Design Fair in Paris, France (2019)
  • varios group shows at art fairs in Johannesburg and Budapest (2016-2019)

Museums and Residencies


Tuli Mekondjo is exhibited by GUNS & RAINDUENDE Art Projects and HALES Gallery.

Instagram:  @tuliphoenix

Work in Collection