Hereros: Echoing the Paradoxical of Two Worlds

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Jim Naughten, Herero Women Marching, 2012

Jim Naughten, Herero Women Marching, 2012

The Herero people of Namibia, Africa, preserve a style of dress introduced to them by foreign missionaries, traders, and labourers 130 years ago. Herero women assimilated the wearing of Victorian-era fashion as a symbol of pride and status, integrating the style into their everyday clothing, while making cultural adaptations through distinctive colours, patterns, and design details.

Date: April 21–August 18
Location: Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, courtyard, 952 Queen St W, Toronto ON

This guest post by Samantha Detwiler is brought to you by Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. For the complete schedule of events and exhibitions, please visit

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