Side by Side – Group Show

The Sweet Side of Thingz, Windhoek, Namibia
15 Apr 2023

Namafu Amutse & Candice Mouton, Side by Side, 2023. Courtesy of StArt Art Gallery.

Namafu Amutse & Candice Mouton, Side by Side, 2023. Courtesy of StArt Art Gallery.

The exhibition Side by Side: Namafu Amutse & Candice Mouton is now showing at The Sweet Side of Thingz cafe and bakery in Windhoek city centre. This exhibition was first shown in February 2023 and is back by popular demand for a second installation at a different location. Hung on the walls of this airy, spacious cafe in the heart of Windhoek, the paintings and photographs by Candice Mouton and Namafu Amutse tell their stories in a new environment.

This unique setting offers unique opportunities, and StArt Art Gallery invites you to an Art and Doughnut pairing on 15 April 2023 at 11AM! The Sweet Side of Thingz specialises in delicious doughnuts, and the wonderful team there will be creating a doughnut inspired by the exhibition that you can be the first to buy and enjoy at this event. Entrance is free and open to all!

This exhibition is the first in the 2023 Side by Side exhibition series curated by StArt Art Gallery. The premise of the Side by Side exhibition series is juxtaposition. By placing just two artists’ works in proximity, we are presented with a dialogue that creates space for unique interpretations. In 2018 StArt Art Gallery curated a two-person exhibition at the Goethe Institut of Namibia showing sculptures by Ismael Shivute and Matheus Alfeus. The exhibition was titled Side by Side. Four years later, in homage to the 2018 exhibition that title has been revived for a new series of two person shows.

This exhibition presents artworks by Namafu Amutse and Candice Mouton who met while at school. They are both young, self taught artists in the early stages of their creative careers. While Amutse works predominantly in the digital realm, creating photographs and videos, Mouton is a painter and illustrator. Despite using very different mediums, the two artists share a similar impetus for their works on display in this show. In this exhibition, Amutse’s photographs and Mouton’s paintings portray intimate moments relating to childhood through portraiture.




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