From 15th July – 23rd August, our 11 lab participants and their co-investigators Molemo Moiloa, Nare Mokgotho and Lobadys Perez explored new ways of working through the Research and Concept Development lab sessions.
During the first two weeks, the participants introduced their concepts to the co-investigators and had informative critique sessions with each other which allowed them to examine their projects deeper.
Later in the 2nd week, the group travelled to Gulu District in the north of Uganda, to attend a two-day Politics of Return Conference and Exhibition which included panel discussions with former artists in residence Bathsheba Okwenje, Gael Maski and Willy Karekezi talking about their research process and how they reacted to the theme of “return”.
Another panel featured Teesa and Labs participant Gloria Kiconco talking about the relationship between art and research. Labs participant Charity Atukunda was also on a panel to discuss her contribution to the exhibition, the cartoon titled ‘Children of War’.
During the next 4 weeks, participants studied independently and had collective discussions once every week on Thursday. By the end of these 6 weeks, they had fleshed out their proposal to be explored in residency and developed further as commissioned work for KLA ART 2020.