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COMMENT: Totems under threat

How failure to share family cultural history endangers symbols that represent common ancestral origin COMMENT | NATHAN KIWERE | Writing on page 137 of his book, ‘The Baganda’ (Macmillan and Co., 1911), John Roscoe, a British colonial historian, states that when animals were becoming scarce, Kintu, with the general consent of …

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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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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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Monuments of valour

A universal urge to immortalise persons and achievements The urge to put a human face to national achievements with a view to immortalise the person’s association to the achievement appears universal. The avenue mostly used in this enterprise is monumental art in recognition of its latent power to influence mindsets …

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ARTS: True value of Ugandan art abstract

A painting by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt recently became the third most expensive artwork ever sold at auction in Europe. `Bauerngarten’, Gustav Klimt’s exuberant 1907 oil painting of a garden filled with poppies, daisies, and other flowers, sold for £48 million (Approx Shs212 billion) at Sotheby’s auction of Impressionist, Modern …

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ART: Uganda through Miller’s lens

There is something about Uganda that fascinates as well as it baffles, especially foreign eyes. It appears that the much touted mantra of “gifted by nature” strikes more of a chord among foreigners than Ugandans. Could it be that Ugandans are caught in the rut of the old adage, “familiarity …

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BOOK REVIEW: Footprints of the Outsider

Many readers will easily relate with the realism in Julius Ocwinyo’s latest novel Julius Ocwinyo is arguably among Uganda’s literary luminaries, thanks to his three major fictional works that include the much acclaimed ‘Fate of the Banished’ (1997) that featured quite prominently in Uganda’s literature syllabus at university level, ‘The …

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