CURATED BY: MUKYALA HASIFA
FACESUP ART CAMPAIGN
Influence is a controversial word in itself. The artist, Kalule Emmanuel, came to realize that many people in this world live their lives with inspiration basing from others that is to say role models. And these people have so much they contribute to the lives of the people who look up to them.
Considering the fact that many youths draw inspiration from persons they are attracted to and think they rhyme with in terms of character and status, He came up with an art campaign called facesup which intends to inspire the people in our country through the sharing of knowledge from the icons who are ranked high in Uganda and therefore their lives and experiences can be a source of inspiration for others.
This project is intended to create a platform for youths to interact with people they admire and feel are influential. Secondly, We will be able to express art skills and share with the community such that some of the issues our country is facing which include loss of hope among the youths, unemployment and crime prevention and above all drug abuse are solved.
Art can be used to solve world issues and problems, therefore with facesup, We have come to give another view about the potentials that some people have which they can exploit so that they can earn a living, get self-employed and learn from role models.
In Uganda, the rate of unemployment is high and this is especially more witnessed with both the educated and uneducated youths who account for the biggest percentage of the country`s population. The success of everything is constrained by our vision and the traits of the people we emulate the youths in our country have potential that needs to be exploited.
This is why faces up was born with an aim to use the experiences and knowledge of some of the great people, who have succeeded in life so that they can share, guide and interest the societies to embark on their unexploited talents and potentials.
The reason as to why the artist considered using portraits of icons in our country is the fact that so many people are being influenced by their lives. This has had an impact on life style, fashion and approach to life which is even more relevant for facesup to be embraced.
In an attempt to unlock hindrances to a better life which is subjective, facesup has come to inspire, motivate and change the peoples’ views towards their abilities.
We believe each person has a purpose and objective to serve in a community.
Looking forward to seeing you on the 20th for the official opening as we meet the people we look up to.
Kampala Art Biennale.
The Institute of Heritage Conservation and Restoration (IHCR)/Makerere Art Gallery will host a segment of the “The Seven Hills ”.
“The second edition of the Kampala Art Biennale, titled “Seven Hills” and conceived by Elise Atangana, will be held from September 3rd to October 2nd, with a preview on September 2nd, 2016. The Kampala Art Biennale, KAB16, is organized and produced by the Kampala Arts Trust, a private initiative. We are happy to be offering Ugandan audiences exhibitions, screenings, talks, performances, meetings with the invited artists and enhanced educational programme for young people.”
Seven Hills is an organic project that focuses on concepts of Mobility Studies which includes the movement of people, objects, services or digital/virtual travel and how it affects us in our day lives. The researches explore “mobilities futures”, the links between physical and virtual mobilities (movement, representation, practice), and consider their relation with contemporary art practice: http://kampalabiennale.org/
As part of the Biennale program will be: (HI)STORIES OF EXHIBITION MAKING / 1960 – 1990 symposium.On Sunday, 4 September 2016
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
VENUE: Uganda National Museum
With George Kyeyune, Katrin Peters-Klaphake, Sidney Kasfir, Ozioma Onuzulike, Katharina Greven, Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, Nadine Siegert and Moses Serubiri Organiser: IWALEWAHAUS, Bayreuth The public symposium “(Hi)Stories of Exhibition Making / 1960 – 1990” is part of the research project „African Art History and the Formation of a Modern Aesthetic“ at Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth in cooperation with the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt a. M. and Makerere Art Gallery (IHCR) in Kampala. This research project seeks to examine not only the singular collections of African Modernisms that are housed today in the collections but also to look at past, present and future connections between them. In the symposium, we share recent research on the history of exhibitions of African Modernisms. Website: https://coamoweb.com/2016/07/13/workshop2-and-public-symposium/
COMING UP NEXT
A talk on 11th August 2016, from 3.00 – 5.00 pm
Official Exhibition Opening on 18th August 2016 5.00 pm
‘Omweso’ is a board game played in many rural and semi-urban communities of Uganda. The talk “Let’s Talk about Omweso” will aim to raise interest, questions and collate literature in order to add more knowledge about Omweso. It is evident in some-publications, that it is a universal game whose structure and rules change with each culture. The interest is in discussing histories of ‘Omweso’ as an artifact in the category of progressive material culture, related restrictions and taboos, construction and recollection as a learning tool. The“Let’s Talk about Omweso” talk and subsequent Exhibition sets out to conceptualize and showcase visual representations based on the different aspects of the ‘omweso’ board game, the object, its socio-cultural implications and related conversations specifically within a socio-cultural and technological history perspective. The Exhibition is conscious of the mathematical principles of strategy and counter strategy, the social-cultural memories and competitive rules of engagement in this game. The Exhibition will also showcase four guest artists Sheila Nakitende, Tadeo Kasirisimbi, Allen Nabukenya and Joan Nakigudde.
OPENING THURSDAY 7TH JULY – 6TH AUGUST, 2016.
Stories in and about Africa and Sudan are many and diverse. Contemporary discourses about Sudan and Africa often exposed the two into hubs of direct political unrest, poverty, violence and disease. Indeed these are features of the crises in the continent and in Sudan, but they do not tell the whole story. In this show, the artistdraws upon the African and Islamic arts, storytelling, and on African American experiences to explore the obvious tragedies and highlight other, silenced stories, experiences, and narratives.
Khalid Kodi, long recognized as a prolific Sudanese American master artist, educator, and cultural critic, has emerged as a central figure, exploring multi-cultural concepts and transcending cultural boundaries. He uses contemporary themes and methods along two lines of work, namely conceptual political work and aesthetic installations.
Born in Sudan, Kodi migrated to the United States in the early 1990s. As an African living in America, he has embraced both American and African cultures, engaging both in constant dialogue. He has used his art as a forum to teach and to bring issues of the civil war in Sudan to his Sudanese community all over the world as well as to citizens of other nations.
Next stop – Kabbo ka Muwala’s opening in Kampala
by Anna Kućma
After it’s inauguration in Harare, Zimbabwe, the Kabbo ka Muwala exhibition has now made its way to Kampala, Uganda.
Artists taking part in the show including Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, Mwangi Hutter, Helen Zeru, Jodi Bieber, Rehema Chachege and Berry Bickle, traveled to Kampala to join Uganda’s Immy Mali and Xenson as well as members of the NakivArt collective from the Nakivale Refugee Settlement. The curators and project coordinators also joined the artists.
The exhibition took a slightly different shape than in Harare, taking into account the difference in audience as well as the radically different, much smaller space of the Makerere Art Gallery, located within the Margaret Trowell School of Fine Art campus at Makerere University compound.
The opening was preceded by a press conference attended by local and international press. You can watch Al Jazeera’s coverage of the event here
The grand opening of the exhibition took place on April 14th and was attended by many distinguished guest including His Excellency the German Ambassador Dr. Peter Blomeyer, whose engaging speech sought to remind us that we are all at some level migrants or the result of migrations.
The event also featured two performances; the first by Ethiopian artist Helen Zeru, who in her Aesthetic of Shyness reenacted a ritual that was performed on her when she was a child, asking questions about memory and how we remember things. The second performance, by Xenson from Uganda, was an integral part of his installation titled Musisi, which was exhibited in the garden outside of the gallery. The work addresses the forces that cause people to move or migrate not only across borders and continents but also on a much smaller scale within Kampala city.
The opening was followed by a Walkabout, which took place on April 15th. Artists talked about their work in greater detail to an audience of students, fellow artists and other visitors, explaining the ideas and concepts behind their pieces as well as answering more practical questions concerning the processes and installations of the works.
The Walkabout was followed by a visit to 32o East – Ugandan Arts Trust, where Jodi Bieber gave an artist’s talk about her practice as a photographer, about her career and background and about the challenges she faced and still faces in trying to shoot portraits that change people’s minds.
Here some links to reports on the Kampala leg of the exhibition. This post will be updated with new publications as they come – stay tuned.
Kabbo Ka Muwala addresses thorny issues by Andrew Kaggwa, The Observer, 20 April 2016
Ugandans depict journeys of migration through abstract art by Malcolm Webb, Al Jazeera, 20 April 2016 (video)
Kabbo Ka Muwala, an artistic take on the thorny subject of immigration by Stephen Ssenkaaba, New Vision online, 28 April 2016
Kabbo Ka Muwala: mirando la migración a través del arte by Jaime Fernández Gianzo, Wiriko. Artes y Culturas Africanas, 29 April 2016
Chikukwa, Raphael; Hoffmann, Katharina; Lähnemann, Ingmar; Peters-Klaphake, Katrin and Potts, Lydia (eds.) 2016.
KABBO KA MUWALA – THE GIRL’S BASKET. Migration and Mobility in Contemporary Art in Southern and Eastern Africa. Berlin: Revolver Publishing.
The itinerant exhibition “Kabbo ka Muwala” explores the multitude of migration processes in and from southern and eastern Africa primarily through the work of artists from these regions: photo works, videos, mixed media, sculpture, performance and installations. The artists address dimensions of migrants’ agency and identity, the emergence of transnational spaces as modes of cohabitation in local, regional and global contexts as well as experiences of violence and xenophobia.
“Kabbo ka Muwala” translates as “the girl’s basket”. The expression is understood across Eastern Africa and refers to a traditional practice: in a basket, the bride transports presents to her new family and her parents in turn. Metaphorically, the basket represents expectations and hopes, but also disappointments and setbacks, which come with marriage as well as with processes of migration. In the exhibition title, it also serves as a hint that migrations are gendered processes. The exhibition catalogue combines artistic and curatorial perspectives with essays on contemporary African migration from cultural studies and social sciences.
Design by Jan Kühnemund [www.kühnemund.de]
Exhibition project, website
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Migration and Mobility in Contemporary Art in Southern and Eastern Africa
Makerere Art Gallery in Kampala, Uganda: April 15 – June 12, 2016
Artists: Berry Bickle (ZW), Jodi Bieber (ZA), The Border Farm Project (ZW/ZA), Rehema Chachage (TZ), Mimi Cherono Ng’ok (KE), Kudzanai Chiurai (ZW), Anawana Haloba (ZM/NO), Kiluanji Kia Henda (AO), Wanja Kimani (KE/ET/UK), Miriam Syowia Kyambi (KE), Gerald Machona (ZW/ZA), Immy Mali (UG), Nástio Mosquito (AO), Victor Mutelekesha (ZM/NO), Mwangwi Hutter (DE/KE), NakivArt/Anke Fischer (UG/DE), Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa (UG/UK), Xenson (UG), Helen Zeru (ET), Rut Karin Zettergren (SE)
Curators: Raphael Chikukwa, Katrin Peters-Klaphake and Ingmar Lähnemann
Assistant Curator: Anna Kućma
KABBO KA MUWALA – The Girl’s Basket presents works by 20 artists reflecting on narratives of migration
The exhibition “Kabbo ka Muwala”, conceived as an itinerant project taking place in Zimbabwe, Uganda and Germany, artistically explores perspectives on the multitude of migration processes in and from southern and eastern Africa primarily through the eyes of artists from these regions. A wide range of media, including photo works, videos, mixed media, and installations will propose alternative reflections to clichéd representations of a mass exodus to the Global North.