Ina-Maria Shikongo

Ina-Maria Shikongo
Ina-Maria Shikongo (b. 1979, Kalulu, Angola) grew up in the former GDR until 1990 when she returned upon Namibia's Independence. She attended primary and high school in Windhoek and completed a three-year degree course in Fashion Design in France at Lycée Sévigné de Tourcoing in 2005. Since her return in 2005, Ina-Maria has developed a project called; ​Fusion​, where she teaches introduction to fashion design to grassroots organisations and communities throughout Namibia. Identifying the need for more cultural diversity in Namibia Ina developed a program on design methods, helping to establish a greater Namibian Cultural Identity. As a mother of three and a driving force behind Fridays for Future Namibia, working as an artist has become a challenge. Ina-Maria is currently part of the artist in residency program with ARIM(Artist Residency in Motherhood), which is a platform to help mothers get back to their arts. Additionally, she completed a residency with Praksis Oslo which was cut short due to the COVID19 in Oslo in March 2020. Currently, Ina-Maria is working on her first solo exhibition exclusively using offcuts for creating textile collages of mask-like portraits. For Ina-Maria Activism and Art go hand in hand. She explores her past, her dreams, and her aspirations through these bannered collages. For her, the most natural way to communicate her uprooted past is through textile. Since her return in 2005, Ina-Maria has developed a project called; ​Fusion​, where she teaches introduction to fashion design to grassroots organisations and communities throughout Namibia. Identifying the need for more cultural diversity in Namibia Ina developed a program on design methods, helping to establish a greater Namibian Cultural Identity. As a mother of three and a driving force behind Fridays for Future Namibia, working as an artist has become a challenge. Ina-Maria is currently part of the artist in residency program with ARIM(Artist Residency in Motherhood), which is a platform to help mothers get back to their arts. Additionally, she completed a residency with Praksis Oslo which was cut short due to the COVID19 in Oslo in March 2020. Currently, Ina-Maria is working on her first solo exhibition exclusively using offcuts for creating textile collages of mask-like portraits. For Ina-Maria Activism and Art go hand in hand. She explores her past, her dreams, and her aspirations through these bannered collages. For her, the most natural way to communicate her uprooted past is through textile.

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