NJE Collective (namibia)
The NJE Collective (formerly SoNamibia) was formed in early 2016 as an initiative of three female artists to research ways of working together and opportunities for exhibition of their own work and that of other artists. The collective works under their own management, towards shared aims. It is also a crucial mechanism for mentoring, support and shared resources.
Membership is fluid and new members may be included on a project to project basis. Members meet individually and as a group to discuss their creative practice, topics of common interest and potential collaboration. The Collective aims to support and encourage young, developing artists alongside those of established artists in an informal peer-to-peer environment. The collective’s vision is to nurture and guide all of its represented artists in all aspects of their creative practice and personal reality. Following our debut at That Art Fair in Cape Town in February 2016, the Collective participated at Art Market Budapest, 2017.
The NJE Collective was recently expanded to include artists from the region, in our respective networks, recognising our common humanity, multilocalism and paralell struggles. The name NJE was adopted as it is a generic term and not tied to any specific local cultural/ tribal identity. It is a colloquial term widely used in the region and is in this context taken in its slang usage, for simply or just.