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Herero Woman, Namibia

$100.00 / Sold Out

350mm X 700mm
Pencil on 300gsm natural white watercolour paper, cold-press grain finish
1 of 1
2016

STORY BEHIND THE DRAWING:
I'd see many of these women walking around towns while driving through Namibia. The Herero tribe were a significant force in the fight against German colonisation. However, 80% of their population was lost in a genocide committed against them in 1904 by the German colonial force.

Today, the women wear the clothing of their former oppressors as a way to redefine it's meaning and to take back the power once held over them.

They are pastoralists so the head-dresses represent the horns of the cow.