‘Who are the unheard, unplanned and unmapped artisan traders of our cities and how do their unique micro economies shape the cities in which we live?’– Curatorial Committee
When the curatorial committee announced their concept for KLA ART 014, there was a lot anticipation of what might be on show as the word ‘Unmapped’ is a very interpretable theme. After the opening of the exhibition the vision of Violet Nantume, Moses Serubiri, Robinah Nansubuga, Hasifah Mukyala and Phillip Balimunsi was illuminated. It was a calculated risk by the festival’s organisers to put trust into un-recognised curators and these voices responded with unorthodox curatorial approaches of.
Watch the interview being filmed in this photograph here.
The curators juxtaposed the selection of artists with a more prominent venue for the Festival Exhibition. The choice of the Kampala Railway Station holds huge significance both in Kampala and across the whole East African region. The building is a symbol of the regions imperialistic past, it was one of the largest projects undertaken by the British Colonialists and yet it has been closed to the public since 1992. Next year the railway will be reopening and it was a poignant opportunity for both local and regional artists to respond to both the railways history and to its future
Alex Lyons is a photographer and cinematographer who works as the media manager for 32º East.