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Drawings by Maria Kizito Kasule

June 11, 2014

Dr Maria Kizito Kasule is an artist and professor at the School of Industrial and Fine Art, Makerere University and has been lecturing there since 1992. He also completed his studies at MTSIFA, majoring in painting and sculpture and PhD in Art History.
In 2006 he opened the Nnaggenda International Academy of Art and Design (NIAAD), which is a place that trains young people to acquire the necessary skills for future employment within the art and design field.

The art works appearing in his “Drawings” exhibition can be categorized into three groups. The first group belongs to the drawings Dr. Kizito produced during his free time while studying in the Republic of Ireland at the Burren College of Art. These works are largely a result of his meditation on Christianity, particularly the events relating to Christ’s last supper.

The second group of drawings was inspired by the conspiracy theory write-ups produced last year towards the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President J.F. Kennedy of the USA. As Kizito explains: “Although Kennedy is dead, his character as an individual, his inspiring achievements and speeches are still fresh in people’s memories. His assassination represents the selfishness and emptiness of America’s democracy. Fifty years after his death the forces behind his assassination are not known. Instead what we have been told is a constructed environment, purporting Oswald to have been the Killer of Kennedy. It appears there are still people who don’t want the truth to be known.”

The third group of drawings is inspired by Kizito’s analysis of the urban life in London. While urbanization in the western world has resulted in the construction of many buildings very close to another vertically and horizontally, the people living in these buildings are isolated from one another by the new values of urban life. Togetherness as a value is increasingly falling apart. The social and cultural fabrics that used to hold people together are being replaced by a new “man” called the machine.

The exhibition is now open and runs until Saturday, June 16th, 2014.

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