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Between the fatigue, Cassi Namoda finds the mystique in Mozambique's mundane

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To Live Long Is To See Much (Ritual Bathers III), 2020. Oil and acrylic on cotton poly. (Cassi Namoda/ Courtesy of Goodman Gallery)
To Live Long Is To See Much (Ritual Bathers III), 2020. Oil and acrylic on cotton poly. (Cassi Namoda/ Courtesy of Goodman Gallery)

Cassi Namoda is a visual and performance artist exploring the intricacies of post-colonial Mozambique. Drawing from archival photographs and research, personal memories and imagination, her practice is femme, decolonial, anthropological and personal. 

In November 2020, Namoda's solo exhibition To Live Long Is To See Much made its premier at Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg. The show is her first on the African continent and according to Namoda, the result of Goodman suiting the artist: "Liza Ezzers (Goodman's owner and director) is very intuitive and quite magical in how she pinned me down to work with a gallery I have admired since my high school days."

Made during lockdown at Namoda's home studio, To Live Long Is To See Much, is set in Mozambique where Namoda was born. Comprising 13 works, the show considers magic realism while reflecting on the passage of time. 

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