By Jeoffrey Mukubi
BRANCO Philander, a 22-year-old visual artist who lives in Tses, a small village situated between Mariental and Keetmanshoop, has lost his possessions, including all his artwork, in a fire that burned his shack to ashes last week.
Speaking to Confidente this week, Philander said that he is still in shock, and cannot believe that this happened to him, as his artwork was his only source of income. “It was on Thursday (last week), when I arrived back from Keetmanshoop, where I went to sell some of my artwork, just to come home to nothing but ashes, where my shack once stood,” he said. Philander is originally from Keetmanshoop, and comes from a poor background.
He says that he cannot afford to start over again by himself, as he has absolutely nothing.
The National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN) says that unfortunately its hands are tied, as Philander’s artwork had not been registered with them, and they therefore don’t know the value of what was lost in the fire. The NAGN, however, said it would appeal to the arts community to assist Philander.
Branco Philander lost all his artwork, some of which are pictured here, in a shack fire last week
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