Vitjitua Ndjiharine is a multidisciplinary visual artist. Her work is a culmination of her skills as a painter, illustrator, visual designer, art director and front end web developer. Her approach draws inspiration from different academic disciplines – such as history, cultural anthropology, ethnography, mass media and communication as well as visual culture – to create work that is layered with historical and socio-political contexts. This approach attempts to link the present and the past, through empathetic storytelling that is both tangible and approachable for people in and outside academia. She thus produces creative and rigorous work about the reclamation and transcendence of history. In 2017, Ndjiharine received her Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art from The City College of New York. In 2018, she was awarded a research fellowship by the Gerda Henkel Foundation in collaboration with the research centre for “Hamburg’s (Post-)Colonial Legacy.” This fellowship has allowed her to work in the archives of the Ethnological Museum in Hamburg and the National Archives of Namibia in order to develop strategies of deconstructing and re-contextualizing the pedagogical function of images and texts found within colonial archives. Ndjiharine has previously exhibited her work in New York City, Hamburg, Stuttgart and Windhoek.
Vitjitua Ndjiharine at the Latitude Festival:
“The mourning citizen” — Talk with Vitjitua Ndjiharine and Prasanna Oommen