ART IN THE CITY

KLA ART Labs is a companion program to 32° East’s public art festival, KLA ART. The labs are a series of intensive workshops and discussions around public art. For the month of August, artists, art managers and more will explore art in the city through a program designed to provide tools to develop concepts, deepen audience engagement and encourage skills exchange among artists and creatives in Kampala.

EVENTS

8
AUG

Exhibition Opening: To Be or Not 2B?

7:00pm – 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust

Ife excavates unwritten histories of our continent to reveal contemporary meanings of a hidden past through poetry, music, and visual art.

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9 - 10
AUG

Workshop: Mapping Art in Kampala

9:00am – 5:00pm – 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust

Before creating artwork for the city, we are interested in understanding its current form.

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11
AUG

Talk + Q & A: Preserving Heritage

10:00am – UNCC/National Theatre

Within the creation of public art also lies the question of preserving our histories. What are the institutions designed to uphold and preserve the history of our greatest artists, national symbols and key historical moments?

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11
AUG

Walkabout: Silent Observations

12:30pm – Independence Monument, Speke Road

Several monuments in Kampala document key moments of our history. We invite participants to take a deeper look at these pieces and to observe the space around them.

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11
AUG

Talk + Q & A: The History of Public Art

3:30pm – 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust

How do we tackle public art today if we do not take into consideration its history in Kampala?

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14
AUG

Talk + Q & A: Methods of Engagement | Community

6:00pm – 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust

This is now a joint talk with Methods of Engagement | Materials

In many cases, public art and public artists strive to speak to and about the people that inhabit the space in which is it shown. This dialogue with the audience can take many different shapes and forms at many stages of the creation process.

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14
AUG

Talk + Q & A: Methods of Engagement | MATERIALS

6:00pm – 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust

This is now a joint talk with Methods of Engagement| Community

Reagan Kandole’s artistic interventions, rooted in sculpture and taking place in Mbuya, tackle waste management by using the plastic bottles collected in the area as greenhouses, household items for sale and other items and structures depending on the needs of the 100-person community in which he works.

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15-18
AUG

Workshop: Methods of Engagement | Community

9:00am-5pm – 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust

Over 5 days, Dr. Nabulime will put into practice the key points highlighted her discussion “Methods of Engagement: Community”. While creating a series of sculptures to continue raising awareness around HIV/AIDS.

15-18
AUG

Workshop: Methods of Engagement | materials

9:00am – Banda

Is trash management reduced to a few state institutions like KCCA, or is it a collective responsibility to all of us in the city. How can we respond to the problem beyond just collecting and burning rubbish?

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21-22
AUG

Workshop: Methods of Observation with Ife Piankhi

9:00am – 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust

How can we challenge ourselves to look into our environments more acutely? How can we re-think the everyday stimulus we come to take for granted? How can we channel new understandings of our shared, everyday environments into our work and concepts in development?

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23
AUG

Methods of Engagement | Audience

2:30pm – Comfort Zone

What are elements that encourage audience interaction with public visual art? How do we capture the conversations that are generated around them and how do we stimulate them?

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24
AUG

TALK + Q & A: OWNERSHIP OF SPACE

2:30pm – Dukem Restaurant

How does the ownership of public spaces manifest in our city? Many of our “public” spaces operate as private, protected by heavily weaponised security, barricaded from the public in the middle of town or shut down and cordoned off when the public becomes vocal.

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26
AUG

Talk + Q & A: The Role of a Curator

11:00am – 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust

What is curating, what are the key roles of a curator? What kind of discussions exist between artists and curators? We are excited to have prolific curator and writer, Zoe Whitley discuss these questions with us.

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26
AUG

An Experiment: Visual Art + Public Consumption

2:00pm – Cinemax, Kunya-Mutungo

This display of Othello De’Souza’s video art and Derrick Komakech’s installation at Cinemax Kibanda is an experiment to see how visual art plays in popular spaces of media consumption.

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28
AUG

Panel Discussion + Q & A: Curation in Public Spaces

2:00pm – 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust

Zoe Whitley, Margaret Nagawa and more will make up a panel of curators who will discuss how they curate works to connect with audiences in public spaces. They will be in conversation discussing previous experiences, key lessons learnt, and new approaches developed through their interaction with public art festivals, art fairs and more.

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28
AUG

closing event of KLA Art Labs 2017!

6:00pm – 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust

Join us for the closing event of KLA Art Labs 2017! Come and view Dr. Lilian Mary Nabulime’s work. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

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LOCATIONS

FACILITATORS

Dr. Lilian Mary Nabulime

Dr. Lilian Mary Nabulime

Dr. Lilian Mary Nabulime is a senior Lecturer at Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts (MTSIFA), Makerere University. She holds a Fine Art PhD from Newcastle University. Her work uses everyday objects like soap, sieves, cloth, mirror, metal cans, car metal parts and found objects to embody a specific social agenda that attempts to raise awareness and promote discussion as well as moving the meaning of art beyond the visual.
Gloria Kiconco

Gloria Kiconco

Gloria Kiconco is a writer based in Kampala. She explores and experiments with written poetry, spoken word performances, visual poetry, and mixed media. She contributes regularly to START, an online journal of the arts in Kampala and her personal essays have appeared in The Forager Magazine and Doppiozero’s Why Africa? column. Her poetry has been published in Brittle Paper, Lawino, and Sooo Many Stories. Gloria was recently selected as a creative non-fiction correspondent for Commonwealth Writers.
Reagan Kandole

Reagan Kandole

Reagan Kandole is an eco-artist and founder of the Waste Manager Education Project (WAMEP), which engages young people and community members in handling waste creatively, through recycling, reusing and value addition. Reagan has worked with garbage collectors and Ruganzu Bruno in the installation of a sculpture at Kampala's National Theatre, and participated in 2014's LaBa festival.
Angelo Kakande

Angelo Kakande

Angelo Kakande is a senior lecturer and head of the Department of Industrial Arts and Applied Design, College of Engineering Design, Art, and Technology, Makerere University in Uganda. He holds degrees in fine arts (painting and ceramics), art history (PhD, 2008), and law (bachelor of law, 2014). This combination of interests and training has altered the path of his studio practice and approach to art history and turned him into an activist-scholar. Kakande’s research now lies in the nexus of popular culture, art, art history, law, and the injustices and inequities afflicting many African citizens.
Ife Piankhi

Ife Piankhi

Ife Piankhi is a facilitator, poet, and performance artist. As a poet, singer and dancer, Ife has collaborated with artists such as Nneka, Floetry, and Keko.
As a facilitator, Ife fuses her knowledge of Ancient Africa, esoteric teaching and environmentalism with her music and poetry, which combines a rich blend of jazz, reggae, and soul. In her visual art, she has explored unwritten histories of the transatlantic slave trade, creating sacred spaces using mandalas and natural objects and transforming her poetry into installation pieces during her residency at 32º East | Ugandan Arts Trust.
Othello De'Souza-Hartley

Othello De'Souza-Hartley

Othello De'Souza-Hartley is a visual artist working in London in the medium of photography and film. He received an MA in Fine Art from Camberwell College of Art, and is currently a visiting lecturer at Ravensbourne and Central St. Martins College of Art and Design. De'Souza-Hartley’s work is centers on identity, inspired by the mood and psychological themes of classical painting, his unique approach to composition, light and gaze combines to unveil the inner workings of his subject. De'Souza-Hartley is a visiting artist in residence at 32º East | Ugandan Arts Trust and supported by the Triangle Network.
Mo Sirra

Mo Sirra

Mo Sirra adopted a way of working that tends to reject conclusions and articulate intentions. Sirra has put the idea of rehearsal at the heart of his practice with interdisciplinary research that investigates the parameters of proposal versus object, the mechanics of language, and the ambiguity of meaning and perception. Sirra has produced a complex and diverse body of work that includes installation, sculpture, drawing, photography, video, performance, and a wide range of design works that work as “a sort of discursive argument”. Sirra is a visiting artist in residence at 32º East | Ugandan Arts Trust, selected as a resident from the Gasworks Open Call, and supported by Triangle Network.
Derrick Komakech

Derrick Komakech

Derrick Komakech is multimedia visual artist, experimental sound artist, and a folk musician. He was born in Gulu District, Uganda and grew up in a family that identified itself by making things using their hands that sometimes transitioned into rudimentary technology. He graduated from high school in 2007 with A-Levels in Art and Design, History, Economics and Geography. Komakech continued his studies at Makerere University in the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts. Komakech has participated in KLA ART ‘14 and was a previous artist in residence at 32º East | Ugandan Arts Trust.
Zoe Whitley

Zoe Whitley

Zoe Whitley is a Research Curator at the Tate Modern in London. Whitley earned her BA in Art History at Swarthmore College and an MA in the History of Design at the Royal College of Art in London. Her research surrounds black representation in fashion magazines, the life and work of graphic artist Paul Peter Piech, and contemporary African art. Previously, Whitley has held roles as Curator of Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain and Curator of International Art at Tate Modern. She works with contemporary artists, museums, and students on writing, curating, and lecturing on art and design of the 20th and 21st century.

MADE POSSIBLE BY THE SUPPORT OF

32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust
British Council
GASWORKS
Triangle Network