After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. – Philip Pullman


Toying both with techniques of the past and apparatus of late, the artist creates documents that combine stories of old with realities of the present. Reminiscent of mythical tales shared around the evening fire, it calls for ancient means of engagement, and a reconnection of roots. By returning to the origins of the storytelling medium, her work presents a softer – almost primitive – alternative to the harsh conventional document that often represents everyday life.



Marita is a Chevening alumni, and holds an MA in Documentary Photography from the University of South Wales. She is based in Windhoek, Namibia.



2015: insula Albionum, Novel Motors, Namibia

2015: Beauty in a Blade of Grass, Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, Namibia

2014: A Play of Light, MA Documentary Photography Exhibition, Ffotogallery, United Kingdom

2011: Rants of the Red Room, Namibian Month of Photography, Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, Namibia



2016: Art Inside, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Namibia

2015: Kemanguluko, Omba Gallery, Namibia

2015: Tulipamwe, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Namibia

2015: To Tony, National Art Gallery of Namibia, Namibia

2014: 50 Photos of Abandoned Spaces From Around the World, Feature Shoot (online)

2013: Unite to End Gender Based Violence, National Art Gallery, Namibia

2011: Visual Artists of Namibia Annual Members’ Exhibition, National Art Gallery, Namibia

2010: Kolmanskop, Visual Artist of Namibia Exhibition, Kolmanskop Exhibition House, Namibia

2009: Perspectives3, Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, Namibia



2015: Tulipamwe International Artist’s Workshop, Namibia

2014: Atelier Austmarka, Norway



Feature Shoot, Travel News Namibia, Flamingo, The Sunday Times Travel Supplement.


© Marita van Rooyen, 2015