Kuru Art - Contemporary San Art

Kg'akg'am Tshabu (1944 - )
Born in Ghanzi, Kg’akg’am moved to D’Kar later in her life, with her father and children and joined the Kuru Art Project in January 2005. Kg’akg’am loves to work with paint on canvas and enjoys very bright and vibrant contrasting colours. Her subjects vary between traditional life of her people and the natural environment. Apart from painting she also loves printmaking.She stated that her art gives her confidence and had made a changer to her life. While working on her art she often remembers the things her ancestors talked about, like how they survived in the past as hunter gatherers.

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Lessie Morris (1976 - )
Lessie grew up in D'Kar where she still lives today. She worked as craft shop assistant at the Kuru Development Trust from 1898 - 2002. She was then transferred to the Kuru Art Project as administrative assistant where she is still working today. Inspired by the art she is working with daily, she started to paint in her free time. Her first painting was sold at the exhibit the Kuru Art Project has at the end of 2017 in Santa Cruz, USA.

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Ncaote Thama (1973 - )
“I do not really know what art is”, says Ncaote. “ I just do it and I find I like it.” Ncaote joined the Kuru Art Project in the beginning of 2010. She loves the Kalahari bush passionately. She lived previously in the settlement of Rooibrak on the very edge of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, where she met and married the late Kuru artists Thamae Setshogo. Together they had three children. It was Thamae’s love of the art and his beautiful paintings that intrigued her and caused her to try it as well. Since Ncaote joined the project she had made beautiful paintings and linocuts that tells of her love and knowledge of the Kalahari.

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Ncõx’ae Cukuri ( 1963 - )
Nconxae grew up on a farm close to D’Kar. She enjoyed life on the farm, but growing older there were no opportunities for her to work there. She came to live in D’Kar as a young woman with one child. Today she has ten children and still lives in D’Kar where she is happy. In D’Kar she eventually went to a workshop at the Kuru Art Project, to learn how to paint on cloth. She became skilled in the flour resist method which characterised most of her cloths. In later years she also experimented to embroider on the painted cloths with tiny stiches. These made the most exquisite pieces. She won a first prize in the Botswana National Art and Craft competitions for the region around Ghanzi in 2018.

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Ncõx’ae Ntcubi (1968 - )
Ncox’ae was a cleaner at the Kuru Cultural Centre since 1991. Being passionate about her culture, she took part in all the activities at the centre. Here she participated in programmes teaching traditional knowledge to children in D’Kar and at schools all over Botswana. She became a member of the Naro Giraffe Dance group, a traditional dance group based in D’Kar. Together with this group she has travelled to Norway, Sweden and Germany for performances. Today the Naro Giraffe Dance Group often performs for tourists at various lodges in the Ghanzi area. She is also a good guide, who can take people on bush walks to learn about edible and medicinal plants and other bush skills. At the Kuru Cultural Centre Ncox’ae took part in the organisation of the first Kuru Dance Festival held in D’Kar in 1997. Since then she has been an active participant in more than 20 of these festivals. While working at the Kuru Cultural Centre, she attended a Fabric Paint workshop, where they have made beautiful hand painted curtains for the offices and church in D’Kar. When she resigned from her job at the Cultural Centre in later years, she continued with Fabric painting at the Kuru Art Project. In 2017 she entered one of her hand painted and embroidered cloths in the Botswana National competitions and won the second prize for the region of Ghanzi in the category. In 2018 she walked away with the first prize in the Ghanzi region.

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