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February 5, 2015

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“We need people who are not only artists, but thinkers. Some are already out there. We need to see the new generation.”

Interview with Simon Njami in Start Journal

AtWork Workshop Uganda
 2015

February 9-13 | Makerere University, Kampala

Makerere University’s art school and art gallery adopt the AtWork format and invite 20 students and recent graduates that are starting their path in the art world. The participants will grapple with matters of identity and creativity during the 5-day workshop, starting from the question “Should I take off my shoes?” which recalls the moment of entering sacred and unknown places and invites them to reflect on the symbolism of crossing door sills.  Often, this requires questioning what we know about our selves, our certainties and the way we interact with the world around us.  During the first two days of the workshop the participants will be hosted by the Maisha Foundation at Maisha Garden, created by the acclaimed film director Mira Nair. At the end of the second day she will meet the students to hold a debate after a screening of one of her films.  The rest of the workshop will take place at the Makerere Art Gallery, which will also host the future exhibition of the notebooks produced by the students during the workshop.

The workshop is a brainchild of Simon Njami – who already curated the Visionary Africa – Art at Work project in Kampala in 2012 – and realized by lettera27, a non-profit cultural foundation.  AtWork has been implemented in different countries worldwide in partnership with local cultural organizations and with the support of Moleskine. Previous editions on the African continent took place in Dakar, Senegal, in 2012 and in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, in 2013.

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Simon Njami in a briefing session with students and artists at Makerere Art Gallery , Nov. 2014

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