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Art creates water

An exhibition of contrasts at the musuem Kampala, Uganda | DOMINIC MUWANGUZI | Art is increasingly being adopted as a medium for institutions to advocate social change in communities. Art is seen to have potential to shape or influence everyday perceptions by mirroring the social condition and behavior of communities. …

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Art tongue in cheek

Confronting the complex and delicate with sarcasm and self-portraiture | DOMINIC MUWANGUZI | As a social-political commentator, Ugandan artist Paul Ndema exploits adversity to provoke intense dialogue and criticism of the socio-political injustices. In his latest series, he delves into the delicate and complex issues of religion, sexuality and cultural …

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Oil brushes that conserve birds

Artist turns childhood affection into a challenge for me and you | DOMINIC MUWANGUZI | Farid Mahfudh loves birds. He cares for birds; lovingly cuddling them and nursing them if they accidently wander into his studio. He helps them to freedom in the open skies. Born in Masaka town, Farid …

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Connection in isolation

The odd link between Ntensibe and Klimt’s art THE INDEPENDENT | DOMINIC MUWANGUZI | Gustave Klimt and Joseph Ntensibe can’t have been born and bred more differently. They lived and practiced their art in different periods and cultural worlds. Klimt is an Austrian 19th Century painter who lived between 1862 …

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In memory of Serulyo

The master of anatomy and individual proficiency lives on Kampala, Uganda | DOMINIC MUWANGUZI | The sculpture in stained glass depicts rural scenery. A herdsman stands; leaning on a stick, while another man; squatting, milks a cow with birds hovering nearby. The sculpture is considered a masterpiece and is admired …

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Ants invade artist

Reawaken sketches of refugees and other migrants | DOMINIC MUWANGUZI | Ants are destructive, undesirable creatures. They make anthills that can be a nuisance; especially if they occur near a home, in the compound. Artists like to use them as analogies for invasion. Now consider this: Gilbert Musinguzi has not …

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Why do you exist? To be happy or sad?

A new exhibition asks questions that annoy and delight Kampala, Uganda | DOMINIC MUWANGUZI | A painting of a nun piously crossing her hands, engrossed in prayer, hangs at the entrance of Ronex Ahimbisibwe’s exhibit. Atop the painting, on the right hand side, is a rosary hanging as if it …

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ARTS: A dismal step so far taken

Who’s buying art in Uganda? Kampala, Uganda | DOMINIC MUWANGUZI | In 2011 former Germany Ambassador to Uganda, Klaus Houderbaum, showcased his private collection at the now defunct MishMash art gallery in Kololo, a Kampala suburb . His collection included diverse art paintings, wood-cut prints and sculptures from some of the …

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