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[13 Jun 2018 | One Comment | ]
Revitalising Ugandan Bark-Cloth – Concerns of the regime artist

By Fred Mutebi

Blind Leading Blind, Leaders and followers – the current state of affairs in our global community.

I consider myself an artist of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) regime, which ousted former governments that were blamed for political turmoil that restricted Ugandan artists from optimal practice at home in the 70s and 80s. During that period, many artists migrated. Some of them like Fabian Mpagi, Geoffrey Mukasa, Romano Lutwama, may they rest in peace, returned in the late eighties and […]

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[10 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]
Ronex: “Can we think of a future without a documented or archived past?”

Ronex reflects on his own experience and asks himself: “As Ugandans, if we are still struggling with archiving and access of certain information, what role can each player in the Kampala art world play to avert the situation?”

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[10 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]
Poetry of Memory is Voice, Not Words

By Kagayi Ngobi

Kagayi Ngobi (image from the authors facebook page)

When the late Joseph Walugembe was still the Director of the Uganda National Theatre, he once explained to my friends and I of the Lantern Meet of Poets how our poetry was different from that of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. I recall him emphasizing how the memorized and dramatized performance of our poetry was the main ingredient. Up to that point I had never considered memorized oral expression of […]

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[10 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]
Dreams to Write – A Poem by Daphine Arinda

In this poem, Daphine Afinda reflects how daring it is to choose the writing profession in Uganda considering the challenges that surround it.  Aware of all the risks and the fears, she still dived right into the dream and in December, 2017 and hosted her first ever Poetry Recital.

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[10 Jun 2018 | One Comment | ]
Art Crossroads with Ugandan Mastery – Interview with Dr. Kyeyune

In anticipation of a busy creative art season kicking off in August 2018 and the KAB18’s “The Studio” concept launched recently, many contemporary artists and audiences lurk within corridors in search of the creative voice of Makerere Art Gallery amidst the prevailing visual discourse. Philip Balimunsi interviews Professor George Kyeyune, Director of Makerere Art Gallery/Institute of Heritage Conservation and Restoration, about contemporary issues in Uganda. Kyeyune asserts the cultural affluence of Makerere Art Gallery in the East African arts scene.

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[10 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]
Art in Kampala at Work 012

The essay “Art in Kampala at Work 012” is a reflective report by Katrin Klaphake, and it was written in 2013, when the memories were still fresh and present. In 2012, two innovative and unusual public art events took place in Kampala: the international exhibition “Art at Work” and the local contemporary art festival KLA ART. Since then, a lot has happened. 2014 saw two bi-annual art events, the second edition of KLA ART and the launch of the Kampala Art Biennale. Fast forward to 2018: the city is buzzing with cultural and art related activities to the extent that the month of August goes under the title of art month. With the view to these upcoming activities this text reminds us of some of the discussions in the early days of Kampala’s biennalisation and contributes to the writing of the exhibition histories of the city.