Letaru Dralega seeks to explore identity in her work by investigating family history, a connection to the ancestors, and trauma that stems from a colonial legacy on the continent. Dralega deconstructs her own identity as a product of colonization, born from a British-Jamaican mother and Ugandan father, to interrogate the relevance of past trauma in the potential for healing for the future.
Abias Muhumuza devoted his residency to developing a new artistic style. He experimented with new media such as newspaper clippings, leaves and cloth off cuts to explore texture and three-dimensionality on canvas. He shifted his style of painting from standard portraiture to developing a set of whimsical figurines who explore raw sexuality.
‘Ego Precis’, is a body of work in which Pamela Enyonu exorcises personal demons bread from societal judgements, body shaming and aggressions against her as a woman. Through rigorous experimentation with collage and photography, Enyonu’s final body of work comprises of over 20 pieces which complicate and aim to devastate such narratives and attacks through a combination of photography, painting and mixed media on canvas.
Simon Katumba uses a bold sense of color to provoke thought on how the murky mix of traditional, contemporary and wester cultures takes shape on Ugandan soil through the body of work ‘Blindfolded’. From the priest to the prostitute, in Katumba’s work all the people that make up Kampala’s landscape have interesting story to tell.
Anne Musisi is a self taught artist who has always used art as a medium for communication. Self expression encourages personal growth and development and this can be achieved in multi-dimensional ways free from rules and conformity. She believes that something unique can always be created from what others do not value. Our life experiences encourage deep reflection particularly through those which are most difficult and painful.
Ssaava Dhamulira Mweera is a self-taught artist and artisan. His work is inspired by local traditions, mythologies and the preservation of culture. His practice has gradually evolved from craft making into immersive installations whilst maintaining the use of natural materials; bark cloth, kyangwe, seeds, shells, eucalyptus trees, saw dust alongside new elements such as light and space.
Eyob Kitaba is a multi-media artist from Addis Ababa. His work reflects on the urbanisation and development projects in his city. He likes to incorporate yellow and green into his work, colours used by the Ethiopian government to cordon off construction projects, because they symbolise the importance given to development in Ethiopia.
Rampant Contemporary Kampala (2015) is Derrick’s latest body of work. It is a conceptual exploration of “birth” and “transformation” in a city that is rampantly reforming. The works look at the trend of constructing buildings for capitalistic enterprises such as trade centers, arcades, malls, hotels and restaurants in the name of “development”.
Of particular concern to Sunoj is the alienation of man from land and cultivation. In his own case, he describes this as ‘loss of farmerness’. In response, he conceives urban buildings whose balconies and terraces are lush with paddy. He also extends to cultivation the language of convenience and compactness used in modern interior design.
The underlying intention of Ocom’s work is to tell stories about his experiences and the lives of people that he has met. His interest in the common man has led to current artistic research about his heritage and to the founding of his latest painting series “ Teso-Karamoja,” a project which is aiming to create a positive image of Karamoja and conserving the heritage.
Teddy Nabisenke is a visual artist who addresses social issues such as human trafficking, family planning and HIV in her work. Her installation Okutambula Kulaba Okudda Kunyumya (If you’ve travelled you’ll have a story to tell) was directed at both the victims of human trafficking and the governments who are indifferent to the realities of it.
Inside Mukasa’s family collection, which includes photographs, books, manuscripts and documents, curator Andrea Stultiens found a list with descriptions for illustrations. These illustrations were meant to be shown in the trilogy on the life of the three kings, but were never created. Intrigued by this document, Stultiens assigned Ugandan and Dutch artists to interpret and create the illustrations.
Helen Zeru is a visual artist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Her practice often begins as a healing process, dealing with personal incidents in the artist’s life. Starting as a reflection of these private themes the work often ends up entering a broader social context, touching relevant and pressing issues in the society in which Zeru lives.
Stacey Gillian’s career as sculptor began after she graduated with a BA Art and Industrial Design from Kyambogo University (2010 – 2014). She has exhibited works at a variety of group exhibition including; Women Without Borders, Institut Francais Kinshasha (2014), International Stone talk, Nairobi Museum (2014), Age of Innocence, Something or Nothing and Black and White, Fas-Fas Art Gallery (2012 – 2013) and Fireworks, Kabira Country Club (2013). She has also participated in KLA ART 014 (2014), 7th and 8th International Bayimba Festival of the Arts (2014, 2015), Bayimba Regional Festival: Fort Portal (2014), AtWork workshop with Simon Njami and Lettera 27 (2015), Art crossing boarders- Pawa 254, Goethe institute (2015), 7th Insaka International Artists workshop Zambia (2015) DOADOA East African performing arts Market (2015), and 6th LaBa Street Art Festival (2013).
Babirye Leilah is a contemporary visual artist who specialises in abstract sculpture. She graduated from Makerere University in 2010, having majored in sculpture, and works with wood, scrap metal and found objects. Babirye Leilah deals with subjects including human rights and gay issues in Uganda, exploring political, social and economic issues.
Ogwang Jimmy John is a conceptual Ugandan visual artist who creates interactive installations. He studied BA Arts & Industrial Design at Kyambogo University, graduating in 2010. Since then he has been experimenting with sound, space, walking, pictures and light. He uses his installations to interact with the public and he uses their interpretations as inspiration for future works.
Xenson (Samson Ssenkaaba) is a multi-media artist who interrogates contemporary issues through a synergy of; installations, videos, poetry, fashion and paintings. His latest body of hybrid works tilted Canerica (2012 – present) form a virtual eco-world that explores the consumerist tendencies and power hierarchies that are present in contemporary society.
Immy Mali, born in 1990, is a multi-media artist from Arua, living and working in Kampala Uganda. She explores personal memories of childhood growing up in Uganda by creating precarious installations using broken glass, razors, used hair braids in an attempt to digest the pain of childhood incidents.
Ivan Allan Bwambale studied sculpture at the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts at Makerere University. After graduating in 2012 he became a lecturer in sculpture at the YMCA Comprehensive Institute, Kampala and has established himself as one of the master sculptural artists in Uganda.
Eria ‘Sane’ Nsubuga graduated from Makerere University in 2008 with a Masters in sculpture from the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts. He currently lectures at the Department of Art and Design at the Ugandan Christian University in Mukono and practices in painting, illustration and sculpture.
Ian Mwesiga graduated with a BA Industrial Fine Art & Design from Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and fine Arts at Makerere University (2014). He has undertaken two residencies at 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust (2014) and Kuona Trust (2014) where he rebelled against the realist techniques he was taught at university.
Malulu is a painter, print maker, musician and dancer. He studied art from 2003-06 at the Bagamoyo College of Art, now called Tasuba. Malulu paints both realistic and abstract. His subjects come from photos and images from the street that he feels attracted too.Malulu plays in Tupo Kama Hatupo / Present As Absent.