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[20 Nov 2014 | Comments Off on Mapping Kampala with KLA ART 014 | ]
Mapping Kampala with KLA ART 014

By Elizabeth Namakula
KLA ART 014 was a far cry from the sophisticated and outdoor festival of 2012. The two festivals showed a progression from neat and tidy exhibits within shipping containers to multi layered commentary on informal living.
This year’s festival included contemporary artists from Uganda and Uganda’s neighbouring countries, exploring the theme Unmapped, and asking the question, who are the unheard voices of our cities and how can the unseen urban dwellers be represented and celebrated?

In the Gallery

Strips of coloured […]

Featured, Issue 044 - KLA ART 14, Photography »

[16 Nov 2014 | Comments Off on An Exhibition of the Un-Recognised | ]
An Exhibition of the Un-Recognised

The selection of artists was diverse, alongside the more prominent names from the continent, such as Vitshois Mwilambwe Bondo and Helen Zeru, there were also some less familiar local artists. Some of these practitioners were previously un-recognised as ‘artists’ and even some of the more familiar names had appeared dormant in Uganda for most of the last decade, well at least in the public’s eye.

Featured, Issue 044 - KLA ART 14, Special analysis, Visual Art »

[15 Nov 2014 | Comments Off on Photo Currency: Images of Kampala’s Unmapped | ]
Photo Currency: Images of Kampala’s Unmapped

The bodaboda project manifests the “unmapped” theme by bridging the gap between its audience and the artwork. It achieves this by taking public art to the public. Participating artist, Papa Shabani shared his excitement about the opportunity to interact with people and to have his art be part of a unique experience that has been relished by the public.

Issue 043 Bayimba International Festival of the Arts, Special analysis »

[11 Oct 2014 | Comments Off on Bayimba Comes of Age | ]
Bayimba Comes of Age

When programming, we extensively discuss how you, our audience would experience the festival, the final product. “However programming our annual festival is a creative process, of equal importance as the final product in itself. It is a process of experimenting and exploring, in close consultation and cooperation with both artists and partners we select.”

Bayimba, Issue 043 Bayimba International Festival of the Arts »

[19 Sep 2014 | One Comment | ]
Issue 043 Bayimba International Festival of the Arts

Bayimba International Festival of the Arts, now in its seventh edition, continues to provide more for its expanding audience. This year’s program has two performance stages, yoga classes, experimental music as well as a discussion about artist rights. The visitors come annually in the thousands to share in invigorating arts and culture. Behind the scenes workshops breathe creative life into up-and-coming artistic innovators. How does this festival continue to expand and innovate? Could it be that the Director, Faisal Kiwewa […]

- Issue 042 Kampala Art Biennale, Opinions »

[20 Aug 2014 | One Comment | ]
Art, Culture and Tourism – Need for Integration?

For a country like Uganda looking for ways of creating a sustainable tourism product, developing a synergy between culture, arts and other sectors of the economy is crucial.

- Issue 042 Kampala Art Biennale, Opinions »

[15 Aug 2014 | 5 Comments | ]
Vernacular Contemporary Art as a Manifestation of ‘Glocal’ Personality?

The works submitted for the inaugural Kampala Biennale left me thinking, confirming, some assumptions I have, and made me continue contemplating the realities, expectations and dreams of what it is to be an artist in our time. How do we link to times before ours and those which are yet to come?

Bayimba, Issue 041 Public vs. Private, Special analysis »

[10 Aug 2014 | Comments Off on Bayimba – Mbale | ]
Bayimba – Mbale

The reduced numbers at the 2014 Eastern Regional drew a lot of comparison with previous festivals. This contrast could be made between last year’s performers and those of 2014, yet their disparity is not based on regional descent; rather, on popularity.

- Issue 042 Kampala Art Biennale, Featured, Headline, Special analysis, Visual Art »

[5 Aug 2014 | One Comment | ]
Africa, Kampala and the Irony of Progress

The biennale’s theme “Progressive Africa” is at once a mirror and a clarion call. It enables the organisers and participants to take a critical look at the past and face up to the future with renewed hope and enthusiasm. In other words, it straddles the past, present, and future in its philosophic and metaphoric essences.

- Issue 042 Kampala Art Biennale, Editorial Notes, Featured, Visual Art »

[1 Aug 2014 | Comments Off on Issue 042 – Kampala Art Biennale | ]
Issue 042 – Kampala Art Biennale

Biennale, Biennale, Biennale. Like a war-cry, the artist of Africa have something to say. This time they will be shouting out from the streets and galleries of Kampala. In a push to showcase Kampala on the global arts agenda, a group of established artists teamed up with national government bodies, media specialists and city authorities to bring a Biennale to East Africa’s arts castaway. Sure, Nairobi is the known hub for contemporary arts in the region, but it was actually […]

Creative techniques, Featured, Issue 041 Public vs. Private, Special analysis »

[5 Jul 2014 | Comments Off on The Lubare and The Boat: Alexander MacKay’s Spirit Rises at Deveron Arts | ]
The Lubare and The Boat: Alexander MacKay’s Spirit Rises at Deveron Arts

On the weekend of June 14-15, two contrasting cultures came together under the umbrella of art to celebrate the life and times of Scottish explorer and missionary Alexander MacKay, who devoted his life to journeying through Uganda. Ugandan artists Sanaa Gateja, Xenson, and art curator Violet Nantume joined forces with Deveron Arts in Rhynie, Scotland, for a two-day event filled with creative activities centred on cultural integration.

Bayimba, Issue 041 Public vs. Private, Special analysis »

[1 Jul 2014 | Comments Off on Bayimba – Fort Portal | ]
Bayimba – Fort Portal

Nestled behind tea-matted hills with a reputation for cleanliness, Fort Portal is culturally self-contained, even resistant. For the success of the festival, Bayimba partnered intricately with the community to develop workshops, a brass band procession, a boda boda art exhibition.

32º East Writer in Residence, Featured, Issue 041 Public vs. Private, Special analysis, Visual Art »

[25 Jun 2014 | Comments Off on Finding Solace in the West | ]
Finding Solace in the West

As persistent pleas are made to artists to create art with local significance the artists are caught up in a web of conflicted interest. On the one hand, they want to break away from the mould of Western art history bestowed onto them by university art education.

32º East Writer in Residence, Featured, Issue 041 Public vs. Private, Special analysis, Visual Art »

[4 Jun 2014 | Comments Off on Swings and Roundabouts in Masaka | ]
Swings and Roundabouts in Masaka

The duo had a call from 32? East to “work in dialogue”. This involved the artists pushing boundaries of their art in the community and experimenting with a diversity of media and techniques.

32º East Writer in Residence, Creative techniques, Featured, Issue 041 Public vs. Private, Special analysis, Visual Art »

[1 Jun 2014 | Comments Off on From the Garbage Bin to Interactive Art | ]
From the Garbage Bin to Interactive Art

This collaboration between The Garbage Collectors project 2014 and Ugandan environmental artists is representative of socially conscious art. As such, it gives artists an opportunity to work with a variety of media and technique, at the same time extending their work to the public.

Editorial Notes, Featured, Issue 041 Public vs. Private »

[1 Jun 2014 | Comments Off on Issue 041 Public vs. Private | ]
Issue 041 Public vs. Private

The tension between public and private forms of art marks part of the identity crisis that defines making, exhibiting, performing and selling. Do we need to tick the public box to be relevant? How does the diaspora receive the references to home? What constitutes public and private in an arena where everyday life in the streets could be seen as an artistic performance? Are visual artists only making for the foreign buyer? These are all questions to be […]

Featured, Issue 040 Gender & Sexuality, Literature, Special analysis »

[19 May 2014 | Comments Off on Telling our Stories – A review of Invisible: Stories from Kenya’s Queer Community | ]
Telling our Stories – A review of Invisible: Stories from Kenya’s Queer Community

By: Kampire Bahana

This petite and easy read is a testament to the importance of telling our own stories. We usually talk about this in reference to being African; outsiders have been telling our stories since before the days of Heart of Darkness, a book published more than a hundred years ago that continues to define the continent in the minds of many. Today we have movie stars like George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Ben Affleck, testifying in front of American […]

Dance and Theatre, Featured, Headline, Issue 040 Gender & Sexuality »

[5 May 2014 | Comments Off on Check Your Sex At the Door, Please! | ]
Check Your Sex At the Door, Please!

Sexual politics will be used to review the recently concluded Makerere University and Norwegian College of Dance collaborative performance at the National Theatre Kampala from 5-6 April 2014.

Artwork critiques, Featured, Issue 040 Gender & Sexuality, Special analysis »

[29 Apr 2014 | Comments Off on Double Lives, No Future | ]
Double Lives, No Future

The philosophy of Double Lives is clear: when two planes of the mind are combined a third plane emerges — reconditioning identity.

Featured, Issue 040 Gender & Sexuality, Special analysis, Visual Art »

[20 Apr 2014 | Comments Off on Britain Loves Africa: Portraits of Culture and Intimacy | ]
Britain Loves Africa: Portraits of Culture and Intimacy

The photographic project Britain Loves Africa by Campbell attempts to give viewers a domestic insight into the homes of couples living in East Africa of whom one partner is British and the other African. With these images she raises a subject that would normally be informally explored, in conversation or gossip, and given it a platform for public debate.