Seven years have passed since HIPUganda started to share photographs on Facebook and, slightly later, through exhibitions and on this website. In addition Andrea Stultiens completed the production of a series of eight books called ‘Ebifananyi’, in which she activated collections of pictures together with numerous, mainly Ugandan, artists and photographers. From October 2017 until February 2018 an overview exhibition showed the collections these books are based on as well as some of the responses to them at FOMU, the photography museum in Antwerp, Belgium.
Ebifananyi @ the Uganda Museum presents and reflects on the outcomes of all of the efforts made in relation to HIPUganda so far and brings aspects of the material presented in the Ebifananyi books in dialogue with the museum display. The exhibition is part of KLAART18, the visual arts festival that celebrates public art for, with and in the city. This year’s theme is Off the Record.
The museum is open daily from 9am till 6pm. The exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to see and reflect on how the Ugandan photographs were presented to a Belgian audience, and to explore historical photographs that were made for colonial purposes as well as by and for Ugandans and relate them to the permanent museum display that was established during the last decade in which Uganda was a British protectorate.
Questions that we hope will surface include ‘what is the value of historical photographs made with a particular agenda?’, ‘how can historical personal photographs be relevant for our collective memory?’ and ‘to what extent can we make historical photographs that lack captions relevant in the present by adding our thoughts to them?’
We will close the exhibition on the 23rd of August with an Ekyoto (bonfire) discussion in which these questions and more will be brought to the fire. This information will be updates with details as we approach the date.
To place photographs from the digital HIPUganda collection further “On The Record” volunteers will be spreading photographs made in Kampala over the past century back where they were once made. They will document these efforts, and the results will be added to this blogpost over the coming weeks.