Buhlebenkosi Ndhlovu

a writer, curator and visual anthropologist.

Her work focuses primarily on exploring the interconnected affective registers associated with sensory experience. Through her writing and image-making, Pauline explores how, in addition to words, images, sounds, and silences articulate different kinds of knowledge. Ultimately, Pauline’s work is geared towards layering words, images and sounds to produce textured narratives and aesthetics. Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Pauline migrated to Namibia at the age of five. She has since lived and worked in Namibia. Pauline is a Chevening alumnus and has recently completed a Master’s in Visual Anthropology at the world-renowned Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester. Thematically, Pauline’s work explores black interiority and black representation, focusing specifically on the ways in which the themes of land, migration, memory, time, healing, and senescence are cut across. For her final MA project, Pauline worked with Namibian scholar, artist, and theatre practitioner Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja, to film one of his performances, ‘Dance of the Rubber Tree’. The performance is an immersive queer dance, imagined at a rubber tree but performed in a concrete archive. In 2021, Pauline was selected as the 2021 poetry winner of the inaugural Bank Windhoek Doek Literary Awards for her poem green and greening.  In 2019, Pauline curated Ephemera in partnership with the Goethe- Institut Namibia and the National art Gallery of Namibia. Ephemera is a  performance art exhibition which combines four performance pieces, each of which explores the power of the ephemeral, employing bodies as texts. Ephemera consists entirely of performance art, with two of the four pieces on an exhibition staged during the opening night and the remaining two having been pre-recorded.

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Screams of the kavango

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11 Jan 2022
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