Maid of Africa is well known for it’s quirky charm of distinctly modern and rural African narrative .
from 17 Feb to 13 March 2018
FAVOURITES A Photographic Solo Exhibition by Chris Johnston Official Opening: Tuesday, 12 June, 2018 Duration: 12 – 24 June, 2018 Omba Gallery is pleased to host, Favourites, a photographic solo exhibition by Omaruru-based photographer, Chris Johnston. The exhibition will showcase a personal selection of Johnston's landscapes, portraits, wildlife and conceptual photographic works. Said Johnston of his exhibition: ''This is not a cohesive retrospective; rather it is a more loosely organised selection of some of my favourite images through time. The world has been a pretty dark place these last few years and this darkness has been prevalent in much of my recent work. For this exhibition, I wanted to reconnect with images that made people laugh rather than cringe, images that trigger a pleasant emotional reaction rather than deep thought on deep subjects. Although there will be a few that touch on deeply troubling events, they do so on a light-hearted way that doesn't trivialise but lends to focus on absurdity, a bit of gallows humour, if you will.'' ABOUT THE ARTIST Self-taught photographer Chris Johnston was born in the state of Virigina, United States of America, in 1954, and grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts. A mining geologist by profession, he relocated to Namibia and since 1997, has lived in the town of Omaruru, in the Erongo Region. He considers it a privilege to be a permanent resident of Namibia. In 2011, Johnston was the overall winner in the professional photography division of the first Month of Photography (MoP) held in Namibia. He has also participated in photographic exhibitions locally and internationally, and draws inspiration for his conceptual works from subjects he finds odd and amusing, from burning issues along the gendered divide and the current affairs discourse. He describes himself as a ''creative eccentric''. ... See more