Kampala Art Biennale 2018: ‘the studio’ – a libretto written by Simon Njami

ART AFRICA is proud to announce that we will be partnering extensively with the Kampala Art Biennale 2018.

For KAB18, librettist and curator Simon Njami invited 7 internationally renown artists to open their studios in Kampala to young Ugandan, East African, African and international artists. 

“The tradition of the studios has always been fundamental in art history, where the great masters used to work with a crowd of apprentices and pupils. Masters such as Michelangelo would always select, among the most talented youth, those who would have the privilege to assist him in his realisations. Some of those apprentices later became masters and kept the tradition alive. This training was not only technical and practical but also spiritual and philosophical, especially when it concerned religion.

Modern practices, notably in Europe, but also in Africa, have turned the artist into a solitarian Genius who creates masterpieces in the silence of his studio. It seems to us of the utmost importance for Africa to reinvent new ways of addressing art, in a more endogenous manner. Africa is still a space where the community plays a critical role. Through this third edition of the Kampala Biennale, our is aim to revitalise ancient practices that are more than needed in our contemporary world. Practices that would bring back notions like transmission and togetherness.”                                  – Simon Njami –

The Studio - KAB18

7 Masters conducted studio workshops with young artists (apprentices) that covered all the aspects of contemporary art today (sculpture, textile, performance, photography, video, painting and installation).  
Matt Kayem (UG), Leonard Opondo (UG), Rebecca Bulimo (KE).
Alexandra Kuznetsova (RU), Rafiy Okefolahan (BJ/FR), Nicole Remu (UG) Gloria Nalwoga (UG).
Wamala Joseph(UG), Adrian Migadde (UG), Allan Kyakonye (UG), Gilbert Musinguzi (UG),  Brian Magala Kiwanuka (UG).
Andrew Arim (UG), Violaine Le Fur (FR), Lais Catalano (BR), Pierre Manau (Congo/ FR).
Ocom Adonias (UG), Bogere Gilbert (UG), Odur Ronald (UG).
Noor Okulo (UG), Jake Singer (RSA), Julius Ssekidde (UG), Miora Rajaonary (MD/RSA), Canon Rumanzi (UG).
Sandra Suubi (UG), Astrid Mourik de Wit (NL), Delphine Buysse (BE), Beya Gilla Gacha (FR), John Baptist Sekubulwa (UG), Kaloki Nyamai (KE), Doddridge Busingye (UG)
The Kampala Art Biennale 2018 opens on the 24th August, and runs until the 24th September 2018. A new page is being written in the wide history of biennales, and we are proud to do this in and from Africa.