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OBITUARY: The last cartoon – Balagadde (1973-2016)

 Illustrator Moses ‘Mozeh’ Balagadde dies (1973-2016)   The last cartoon that Moses Balagadde drew for The Independent magazine showed the embattled former commander of Kampala Central Police Station, ASP Aaron Baguma who is accused of complicity in a murder, contemplating his fate in the High Court. Baguma’s case has attracted attention …

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Battle over film money in Uganda

Uganda’s film industry has five faces – and almost everyone is in it for the money. Unfortunately, as their interests clash, the industry suffers. Take Cindy Magara, a film producer with a company called Nyati Motion Pictures. Her biggest quarrel is about film producers being left to fund what she …

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Lukwago’s Fek Fek art

When Saad Lukwago started teaching art in high school nearly a decade ago, his students expected him to exude the highest standards of artistic practice in his own works, the same way he instructed them to do and this standard, according to them, was art rendered in photographic precision. However, …

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Talking Omweso

Leading Ugandan sculptor tackles the male chauvinism of an ancient board game “Why would anyone ask me why I chose to present omweso? It is simply part of our material cultural heritage!” That is how passionately Dr. Rose Namubiru Kirumira feels about the subject of her current exhibition of sculptural …

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BIG artists show off

Artists who are arguably some of the big names in Uganda are showcasing their recent artworks at Afriart Gallery in Kamwokya, a suburb of Kampala city. Each was selected for their contribution to the fast-growing art industry, writes Dominic Muwanguzi. Dr. Kizito Maria Kasule, Henry Mzili Mujunga, Dr. Amanda Tumusiime, …

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Day-dreaming Kasagga awakens

An anonymous writer insight-fully observed that “although a dream is a very strange phenomenon and an inexplicable mystery, far more inexplicable is the mystery and aspect our minds confer on certain objects and aspects of life”. This mindset was monumental in the introduction of surrealism in both literature and visual …

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ART: Ogenrwoth dares the masters

The heady era of the Italian Renaissance that took place between 1400 and 1600 AD saw some of the greatest outpouring of artistic production of all time. This epoch produced the most recognisable names in art in history such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael Sanzio, to mention but …

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Women fantasies at AKA Gallery

`Women Fantasies’ showing now at AKA Gallery in Kampala stimulates dialogue on issues of women emancipation and anticipations both locally and globally. It is a trend now for contemporary artists to respond to global issues in their art. Ngula Yusuf Kiire’s work in the exhibition themed `Women Fantasies’ showing now …

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Abe’s sticky situations

Stacey Gillian Abe. This name is fast sounding loud gongs in the realm of art, echoing the rising stature of a young and ambitious artist who has had to knock down barriers for a breakthrough in an art discipline that is probably the least practiced in Uganda and elsewhere, writes Nathan …

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