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Closing Night | Aug 31st

About

KLA ART 018 is a free visual artsfestival which celebrates public art forin and with the city.

KLA ART celebrates local art in public spaces, taking art from the galleries into the streets of the city. It’s an art festival that reaches non-traditional art audiences and gives participating contemporary artists new experiences of production and a unique platform for their work. KLA ART is produced by 32 East, an organization for the creation and exploration of Ugandan contemporary art.

artists

Nabukenya Hellen
Nabukenya Hellen Title: Munno Mu Kabi
Christine Ayo
Christine Ayo Title: Voicing Entebbe
Timothy Wandulu
Timothy Wandulu Title: Modern Intellects
William Kane Olwit
William Kane Olwit Title: Masks
Karis Upton
Karis Upton Title: The Red Files
Maasai Mbili
Maasai Mbili Title: ya Tola
Dilman Dila
Dilman Dila Title: Robots of the Pearl
Jared Onyango
Jared Onyango Title: Jua Kali Pedestrian
Darlyne Komukama
Darlyne Komukama Title: Rage
Graffiti Crew
Graffiti Crew Stories on Walls | Mural Project of Kampala

locations

Kampala Road – Marvin’s Alleyway

With most of Kampala’s traffic in the city actually moving on foot, alleyways and small passages are key to our lives in the city. Kampala Road, a bustling centre of knock off-phones, delicious food and endless bodies moving up and down searching for sente, connects to many others. Join us in Marvin’s Phone services alleyway between Kampala road and Wilson road for a fresh way to experience the city and the exhibition of some of our artists’ work.

Ham Mukasa House

Ham Mukasa is “The scholar who never went to school”. A maverick in his own right, he shaped Uganda’s history at a critical time that the British were entering. Unknown to many in Kampala, his family still preserved his house in Kampala, just off Kabaka Njagala Road. With it’s large balcony, huge beautiful garden and original furniture from Ham Mukasa’s days in the early 1900s, it’s hard to believe that such a historical gem is right in the middle of our city.

Kiyembe

Kiyembe road takes its name from the trees that used to surround it. Under these trees tailors and others would make for their customers, with each other and eventually built a sense of community in this shared space. Over time, trees have made way for multi-floor buildings, and now only the shade from  falls on the tables of those working below. It is a place of commerce, once also a place of community, right in the heart of our city.

Secret Courtyard

For every front-facing building in Kampala, there seems to be an other secret, hidden place behind it where people make business and lives together.

This August, we found a particularly special one – a three storey high secret courtyard with beautiful street lamps and a small collection of uniquely curious statues inside it. This is the home of our opening night. Located on the corner of Kampala Road and Station Approach, right outside the train station in the city. You would never guess that you’ve walked by this slice of beauty every day without seeing it peak out at you behind an inconspicuous chicken-joint.

Nakasero Market

An initially temporary structure that has now lasted over 100 years, Nakasero Market may be  most honest and quintessential love-letter to and about Kampala.

The market was started in 1895, at first at the Lubiri. In 1905, Nakasero Market moved to Kagugube which was initially a temporary structure, where it has been shaping lives, collecting stories and becoming a central part of the city since. Nakasero market doesn’t just represent the city, but has also shaped it and holds much of Kampala’s history in its life.

Katanga

One could argue that informal settlements are a direct, progressional and improvised response of citizens to their city and their needs. Why they are they surpressed, underserved and kept off important official records? Impossible to ignore. Katanga is home to a wide range of people whose need for real infrastructure continue to grow.

Some of our graffiti crew artists have been working with Katanga to understand how they want to see their neighborhood grow, and how beautification of their places has immediate impact on the quality of their lives. Katanga itself is located between Mulago Hospital and Makerere University, both who claim that this huge swampy chunk of land is theirs, turning it effectively into no-man’s land.

Uganda Museum

The Uganda Museum was set up in the early 20th century and moved over the years from Lugard’s Ford in Old Kampala, to Makerere University and landed on its current site along Kira Road in the 1950s. Museums are always set up from a certain vantage point in which, ideas – political, cultural, narrative and otherwise – shape decisions around what is worth showing and how to show it. The current displays of the museum hold a load of information and point to such political ideas and how they developed over time.

events

Date: 1 Aug 6.30pm

Seven years have passed since HIPUganda started to share photographs on Facebook and, slightly later, through exhibitions and on its website and the publishing of 8 books. ‘Ebifananyi’, marks the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. It is time to evaluate what the efforts made so far have led to, and to think where things could go in the coming years. The Uganda Press Photo Award and HIPUganda are hosting an intimate soft opening of this exhibition to create room for conversation around these archives.

This event will have the character of an intimate collective brainstorm about the presentation of histories through photographs, and the relationships between past and present.

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History In Progress Soft Opening
Date: 10 -11 Aug

32° Degrees East, through KLA ART, British Institute of East Africa and Newcastle University have been embarking on a series of workshops designed to better understand the entrepreneurial nature of public art. Simply put, how do we as artists make a living.

One of the key aspects that has come out over the first two workshops is artists needing the toold to better present themselves in professional spaces, mainly through their writing.

Our last workshop will focus on how artists can shape written material about themselves to open themselves up to opportunity. Quite uniquely, this workshop will also include some sensory exercises which look writing as a result of a sensory experience in creative spheres of our thought as well.

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Newcastle x KLA ART x BIEA Workshop
Date: 1st - 23rd Aug Venue: Uganda Museum + Pop Up locations city-wide

History in Progress has been mining images from Uganda’s official and unofficial archives for years. Through the process they published 8 books, unearthed many stories (some public, some personal, some institutional and more). Most importantly, they have created a space for history to be uncovered, or looked at anew with a community and collaborative focus.

The work they have produced will be on display, for the first time as a whole, during KLA ART 18, Off The Record

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History in Progress | Ebifananyi Exhibition
Date: 23rd August  Venue: Ham Mukasa House, Mengo

Ekyoto with History in Progress and Robinah Nansubuga at Ham Mukasa House, Mengo.

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Ekyoto with History in Progress
Date: 18 Aug, 10am

The Square Place KLA ART 18 and Writivism are joining forces this year to deliver a unique intersection of their themes, Off the Record and Legacy respectively, and visual arts and literature. Christine Ayo and Karis Upton (see our “artists” section above for their work[pls link] ) are artists who are actively invetigating the impact of legacy and the creation of narrative in both of their KLA ART works. They will be in a panel discussion with reknowned writer David Kaizer and moderator Musoke. Parts of their work will also be on display at the Writivism festival location, the Square.

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KLA ART x Writivism
Date: 12 Aug Venue: Secret Location

SoFar Sounds is an intimate live event, with extra attention paid to the artist. Starting out in just one city, it has spread like wild fire across more that 79 and keeps growing. It’s unique and fun! On the 12th, of the month, they invite you to a secret location to enjoy the work of surprise guests and artists. Join us in a collaborative event between SoFar Sounds and KLA ART 18.

In our program is live music, dance and poetry. And this SoFar is particularly special, taking place at a unique and little known but very important historical gem in our city. SoFar sounds is by its very nature “Off The Record”. Join us at a secret location on the 12th of August with surprise guests and artists. We’ve got to keep mum about it, but we’re excited to surprise you with 3 short performances from song, to dance to poetry!
To register for a spot, use this link! Hurry, spots are limited.

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SoFar Sounds | Off The Record
Date: 1st Aug

History in Progress x UPPA photographer’s discussion at Uganda Museum

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History in Progress
Date: 22 Aug Venue: TBD

How do we as visual artists engage in humanitarian subject matter in our region without perpetuating the NGO visual language around African images born in photography the 80s? How do we as visual artists work around the visuals, once just life, now coded with NGO rhetoric and expectation, to give earnest portrayals of a variety of lives? This workshop is a part of the Politics of Return residency at 32° Degrees East, in conjunction with London School of Economics, curated by Kara Blackmore.

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The Grammar  of Images: Workshop
Date: 8th Aug Venue: Kampala

Join us in celebrating Kampala’s finest. Click to see all events. All KLA ART Artists will be in attendance and there you can get to learn more about their pieces from silent protest performance pieces, large scale tapestry installations, photobooths in Nakasero Market and more. And MTN NYEGE NYEGE doing some live scoring for our video projection!

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KLA ART 18 Opening Night
Date: Every Saturday Venue: Various Locations

Join us on a tour of different exhibitions to close the festival. A specially hired matatu will take us from Kiyembe, to Nakasero to Kampala Road and more as our artists take you on their journey of creation and sharing their work with our city. After the tour, there will also be a discussion with KLA ART artists about their time at the festival, their pieces and their interactions with audience members. What have we learnt, what have we done and where might we be going from here.
If you would also like to organise a private tour, please get in touch with info@ugandanartstrust.org to book!

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KLA ART Tours
Date: 17 - 18 July

Title: Collaborative and Sustainable Practices

32° Degrees East, through KLA ART, British Institute of East Africa and Newcastle University have been embarking on a series of workshops designed to better understand the entrepreneurial nature of public art.

This workshop, the second of three, focuses on art as a collaborative practice and investigates ways that artists can find sustainability within and beyond financial resources. Looking at groups of artists such as Maasai Mbili, they will discuss with us ways that they identify, enjoy, replenish non-financial resources to sustain their group practice. And when there is financial gain, how does one manage and re-invest it so it equally benefits the group?

They will also discuss how they manage time/labour/skill as a resource between their collective and individual projects; And how they determine who owns the rights to the works produced. How do you find ways to financially support members in the group through the work produced? Workshop participants will also understand more about how they navigate content creation and distribution with and without an injection of cash, how can workshop participants can replicate that in their own environment?

What do we mean when we talk about collaboration?

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Newcastle, BIEA, 32° Degrees East Workshop
Date: On Request

Are you looking for something a little faster? Beat the traffic and fly through the city on our safe boda tours. With these, you’ll get a free ride from SafeBoda to explore the city and the work in KLA ART

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Safe Boda Tours
Date: 18 Aug, 2pm onwards

Join us in the day and in the night for a Nakasero Market Night party. During the day, artists Darlyne Komukama of Rage Room, William Kane of Masks and Maasai Mbili of Ya Tola  (see our “artists” section above for their work[pls link] ) will open up their respective market booths to the audience.

During the day, this is a fun chance for femmes to release all their rage in Darlyne’s specially constructed rage room, or for you to engage with Maasai Mbili’s interactive room in the market, or take your own photograph in William Kane’s “Mask” self-photo booth. The day will end with a DJ set from our very own Darlyne and a performance from the one and only Mr Mankwa! Darlyne’s work will also be active on the 19th of August from 2pm onwards.

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Nakasero Night

Download the program

The Team:

"The number of women running this festival = All!"

Teesa Bahana

Director, 32

Nikissi Serumaga

Programmes Manager, 32

Kara Blackmore

Curatorial Board

Margaret Nagawa

Curatorial Board

Rasheeda Nalumoso

Creative Producer, KLA ART

Sandra Suubi

Community Coordinator

Gloria Kiconco

Curatorial Board

partners

partners Politics of Return
partners Safeboda
partners SoFar Sounds
partners The Square
partners British council
partners Start Journal
partners Writivism
partners Jajja Productions
partners Alliance Francaise
partners Newcastle University
partners Irish Embassy
partners KCCA
partners Mimeta