African History goes Public

a joint exhibition project on Namibia's liberation history


January 2008
Final workshop of joint project group in Basel

November 2007
Joint 3-day workshop of Namibian and Swiss project group

Planned opening of poster exhibition
National Art Gallery. Windhoek (until 17.11.2007)

March 2007
Continuation of Project
The Namibian and Swiss project groups decide to integrate the project results into a follow-up project "Posters in Action"

Evaluation of Project
"Forum Young Africanists".
University of Zuerich

"Art and Culture in the Liberation Struggle".
Katutura Arts Centre
8 30am until 5 30pm

25.08 - 08.09.2006
"Images at War: Graphic Art in the Namibian Liberation Struggle"
Katutura Arts Centre, Windhoek, Namibia

The events accompanying the exhibtion can be found here.

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"Posters in the Struggle"

Images and audiences in the history of Namibia's liberation

Exhibition of the History Department of the University of Basel with collections of the Basler Afrika Bibliographien

namibian revolution

The exhibition, shown in Basel from the end of May 2006 onwards, is the result of a seminar "African history goes public-a joint exhibition project on Namibia's liberation history" at the Department of History, Basel. The exhibition project takes place in collaboration with a working group from the Museums Association of Namibia in Windhoek and is paralleled by a mobile exhibition in Namibia itself, from late August 2006 onwards.


Southern Africa for many decades experienced spiralling conflicts. These notably affected colonies like Namibia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Mocambique and South Africa, where 'white' settler societies ruled over the African population. Since the 1960s various African liberation movements fought for independence and selfdetermination.

The exhibition looks at the conflicts with reference to Namibia, formerly a German and, since 1915, South African colony. Fighting took place at different sites and in various forms, with weapons or with words and visuals. The parties involved produced visual materials like posters, periodicals, photographs, etc. for the sake of propaganda and mobilisaiton. As such, topics like colonialism, liberation, Apartheid and solidarity entered the public sphere and made African history visible to a larger audience.

The exhibition deals with these visual materials and presents notably posters from various African liberation movements as well as from the Swiss solidarity movement, the South African regime and international institutions, all of which were used in the struggle for influence and power.