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Art with message

Why are artists finally ditching tourist art? In the heat of the recent tide of arts and culture festivals in Kampala, one can easily conclude that this is an unprecedented moment in the arts scene. This impression could be because, until recently, there has been no coverage of art news. …

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Jjuuko creates food for thought art

Imagine a food market, almost anywhere in Uganda. Often it will have a section for matooke (green bananas). Usually, it is a beehive of calling out to customers, haggling, exchanging money, and carrying bunches of matooke about on bicycles, the head, shoulder, or arms. By Dominic Muwanguzi Now imagine a …

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ARTS: Tusiime’s creative mind

His barkcloth paper gives old material new image Dominic Muwanguzi How does someone in Uganda with limited formal education end up collaborating with a top British university on a groundbreaking innovation? That is the questions that Ugandan artist Mathias Tusiime’s collaboration with Newcastle University in England on the subject of …

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ARTS: Sexuality in Buganda

20 artists rekindle the debate in `EKifananyi Kya Muteesa’ Exhibit By Dominic Muwanguzi An ongoing archival exhibition of artworks by 20 artists at Makerere Art Gallery is renewing the debate on cultural conservation and preservation and how culture continues to play an important role in the social and economic aspect …

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New interest in tribal art

An immersion into sculpting that stimulates diverse cultural heritages By Dominic Muwanguzi Joe Nickson is an art dealer with an unusual speciality – tribal art. His IntoAfrica Galleries at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel Gift Shop area and in Luteete, about 7kms from Kampala along Gayaza Road are brimming with masks …

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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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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: 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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ARTS: When love dares

Five masters launch exhibition to change attitudes By Dominic Muwanguzi An exhibition titled `A love That Dares’ that opened at The Studios art space, Afriart, on 7th Street, features Sanaa Gateja, Theresa Musoke, Joseph Ntensibe, Mira Nair (Mississippi Masala) and Zuleika Kingdon. Their artworks explore love in troubled and hate-filled …

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Tingatinga art in town

Belgian collector brings famous Tanzanian artists to Kampala By Dominic Muwanguzi Tingatinga art movement birthed by one Edward Saidi Tingatinga in 1968 in Tanzania is a style that involves repetitive decorative design of wildlife and day to day lifestyle. The images are washed in a bright colorful palette that is …

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