Margaret Courtney-Clarke launched her photography exhibition When Tears Don’t Matter at the !Kwha ttu San Culture and Education Centre on Saturday 21 August in collaboration with SMAC Gallery.
The photographs are intended to give viewers an insight into, or up-close view of the lives of the bushman people, or Khoi San. Clarke said what is crucial in this work is to give place to a voice in search of a listener. “These photographs are not a product of a singular, dramatic news event, but rather the recording of the daily lives of those who call themselves bushmen,” she explained. “A ‘shadow people’, largely invisible to the outside world, living in some of the remotest areas in the Kalahari Desert, they are currently locked in a desperate time in the history of Namibia.”
At the opening, !Kwha ttu general manager Micheal Daiber welcomed guests and shared brief history of !Kwha ttu. Guests then went on to view Clarke’s work.