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ARTS: Block printing exhibition

Parody, conceptualism at block printing exhibition By Dominic Muwanguzi Printmaking may be a traditional art practice much familiar with African traditional artisans but contemporary artists continue to embrace it because of the studio technique and depth of concept that underlies the genre. It is a type of art that involves …

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Does art immortalise?

There is urgency of this message in Zulu’s works If there is a word Rwanda artists Mohamed Ndabaye, who is also known by his artistic name Zulu, likes to use when describing why he paints, it is “to immortalise”. “I created this painting to celebrate the joy of motherhood and …

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ARTS: To live is to become

Uganda artist Waswad steps into controversy By Dominic Muwanguzi The opening day of Ugandan artist Donald Augustine Wasswa aka Waswad at Afriart in Kampala has gone down in local art lore because of one of the works on display titled controversially as `My Screw ups 1, 2& 3’. This is …

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ARTS: Copycat art

Lack of originality of vision, spontaneity of expression It is a truism that art does not exist in a vacuum; it is built on a synergy of ideas and approaches within a community. Art production is informed by a culture or sub culture. Whereas there is an obvious element of …

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Art of jokes

An artist incubating chicken eggs is no joke. But is it art? An artist is sitting on a chair in a Paris art museum over a dozen chicken eggs until they hatch. This is not an April Fools’ joke. “I will, broadly speaking, become a chicken,” says Abraham Poincheval, a …

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Tough search for `Ugandan art’

“What constitutes Ugandan art?” is what inquiring minds are asking artists flaunting their so-called Ugandan art. Sometimes the question is framed differently. How much of that art actually is Ugandan? This in consideration that the art may be made of oil paints made in Germany, canvas made in China, and …

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ARTS: You can only be a child #once exhibition

By Dominic Muwanguzi In response to the growing numbers of child labour in poor communities world-wide, a photo exhibition titled #ONCE opened in Kampala recently. The photographs were taken by renowned photographer Jimmy Nelson in Erussi Sub-county, Nebbi District in West-Nile region. They show children in child labour free-zones, including …

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