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Kabbo ka Muwala – The Girl’s Basket

April 18, 2016

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.

The title of the exhibition is an idiom in Luganda, a widely spoken language in central Uganda. The expression refers to a tradition known throughout East Africa in which a bride transports presents in a basket to her new family and her parents in turn. Metaphorically the basket represents expectations and hopes, but also setbacks and disappointments, which come with marriage and with processes of migration.

In reversing the usual pattern, where exhibitions are first shown in Europe and only then travel to Africa, “Kabbo ka Muwala” will begin at two traditional exhibition venues in Zimbabwe and Uganda before arriving at the port city of Bremen. Each venue will feature a core of traveling works complemented by displays and exhibits that make reference to the respective region. The exhibition and accompanying programme also aim at emerging artists, activists and grassroots organisations, universities and schools.

The accompanying illustrated catalogue includes essays by the curatorial team and Katharina Hoffmann, as well as by Gerald Machona, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Rosemary Jaji, and Yordanos Seifu Estifanos, linking scholarship in cultural studies and social sciences with artists’ perspectives.

The exhibition “Kabbo ka Muwala” is based on a collaboration between Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare, Makerere University in Kampala, and Städtische Galerie Bremen, and is funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

Other venues:
National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare, Zimbabwe: February 4 – April 4, 2016
Städtische Galerie Bremen, Germany: September 24 – December 11, 2016 / #KabboKaMuwala

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