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IT’S OPEN

A KLA ART PHOTO EXHIBITION

KLA ART 21: THIS IS OURS



IT’S OPEN

A KLA ART PHOTO EXHIBITION 30th August to 12th September 2021

‘It’s Open’ is KLA ART’s travelling exhibition open to all spectators for all photo takers – showcasing work from 53 amateur and professional photographers on a 40ft container. It’s Open launches the festival as our biggest Open Call, blurring boundaries between audience and artist. KLA ART has always centred non-traditional audiences, and with ‘It’s Open’ centres non-traditional artists as well. We invited the public to become both art-makers and art viewers and submit photos inspired by the KLA ART theme “This is Ours”. We received over one hundred submissions reflecting on what collective ownership means; of our identities, our city, our environment, our past, and our future. Interact with us via social media using the project hashtags #ItsOpen #ThisIsOurs #KLAART21. This project is produced by 32° East in partnership with the FOTEA Foundation, supported by a Breathing Space grant from Pro Helvetia Johannesburg.


INTRODUCTION Think about your earliest memory of photography. maybe a christmas day, excitedly waiting for the photographer, the only one in a fivekilometer radius, who is in a hurry to move on to the next house in the village. You might have a few minutes to get the right poses and clothes. think about how unlikely it is to recreate that anticipation, that excitement, that disappointment, that particular mix of an imperfect memory in 2021. Perhaps you would retake the photo, with enough time to find shoes and correct postures. anyone could. Or maybe there is the one person in your family who is the designated photographer, either because they have the latest phone or they don’t feel like they belong in the photograph. Think, also, about who gets to define themselves as a photographer despite the seeming ubiquity of the skill.

You wonder about the target marketaudience and what the intention for it is. You find a new artist whose work you immediately love. You wish you could afford the print.

IMAGINE THIS Your imperfect memory of a 2001 christmas in an exhibition. A photo you’ve taken on your phone and spent hours thinking how good it is. Imagine it printed on a large canvas. Imagine the same wonder it inspires might be shared, maybe not in equal measure, but just enough of it. Imagine you don’t need the photographer tag to put on a show of your favorite photographs. “We need a new archive of the present for a new kind of present time. And we need to collaborate more widely, to be in dialog with very different domains of both technical and aesthetic counter-production.”

REMEMBER THIS

– Designs for a New World, McKenzie Wark

The last time you were at a photo exhibition. (Have you been to one before? If you haven’t, you can have my memory) it is a sunday, life has been getting in the way every other day and today was the perfect day. perfect also because you know no one is coming to look at it today, you can fully experience and appreciate it without distractions. You like when you can have that with art. it has been on for a month, a month to celebrate women so all the art is by women, and today is the last day. The walls are white and the canvasses are grand. With price tags.

What happens when we imagine an exhibition without hierarchies? one that deliberately seeks to blur the lines between artist and audience. One that is intentional about creating with and from the community it seeks to be in conversation with. One that cedes space to the audience to engage in the direction that most matters to them. One that acknowledges that perhaps what makes something truly ours is the fact that we had a hand in its creation.


CREATE THIS

of someone riding their bike from only one side is. The road in the

Put out a call for anyone to submit photographs on the theme

photograph is not busy, there are no cars in sight, and the rider is

#ThisIsOurs through social media. Anyone meaning whoever has

crouching on the right side of their bike with one foot almost touching

access to whatever type of camera, from a smartphone to the

the tarmac. how does he manage that? Is he falling? Is he running

gigantic lenses that need bags of their own to be carried. Photographs

from something? the photo is taken at such close range, i wonder if

taken only because the person with the camera found the moment

the photographer might be about to hit the rider. I think Hakim would

captivating. In whatever way that makes sense for them. Intimate

have a more compelling story.

moments. Planned and spontaneous moments. A photograph submitted by Daniel Moxie shows someone mid This. this is what KLA ART has done.

somersault. The photo is taken at sunset and in the background is one of Kampala’s seven hills. I can tell it is with the same familiarity

These photographs have been curated in an exhibition aptly titled:

you can pick out your mother’s voice in a crowd, even though Daniel

IT’S OPEN! and in imagining how differently exhibitions can be done,

has not specified this. Their body looks like it is touching the edges of

but also fitting neatly into the KLA ART festival goal of bringing

the sky, even though you can see that it is not alarmingly far off the

contemporary art into public spaces, we are moving wildly away from

ground. Their arms are stretched out as if in surrender. Or flight. They

the “white cube exhibition” – the grand white walls in a traditional art

look like they could be free. Like they are free. In the moment that the

space, like a museum or gallery.

camera shutter clicks, they defy gravity.

Wildly because we are putting the exhibition on a truck! Imagine

I love that each of the photographs submitted for the IT’S OPEN

that. The truck will be making its way o different routes in kampala.

exhibition does something like this: Take mundane moments in time

Perhaps you might even catch it on the road, passing by you.

and freezes them into something we, with whom it is taken in mind, can recognise. This? This is ours.

It is exciting to imagine what Hakim, my boda guy, might think of the different photographs of boda bodas that are part of the exhibition.

E.N MIREMBE

I particularly plan to ask him what he thinks the story behind a photo

Curator Fellow


THIS IS OURS


EXHIBITION SELECTIONS


CRIMSON RAGE

Making kikomando.

The way you feel in a temple is a pattern of how you want to feel in your life.

Bodas talking while riding.


DANIEL MOXIE

Gideon Slomo Sekiwano.

Gideon Slomo Sekiwano.

Gideon Slomo Sekiwano.


ETHEL AANYU

Twisted truth.

Twisted truth.


HASSAN OMAR WAMWAYI

Omukyala we meere.

This is us.


JIM JOEL NYAKAANA

Life is all about crossing bridges.

There is a storm ahead on the twisted trail, yet, its the only path to a better version of myself.

Who owns the swamps in this city, Kampala.


JOEL MWESIGWA

Happiness, our childlike joy, and wonder is the getaway to a loving reality

Never lose your childlike fascination with the wonders of the world.

“The provider” A father and bread winner.


KATUNGUKA ANDREW

On the roadside.

My way.


KULOBA PETER

Carry on tradition.

The Abateezi.


MARTINA NALUNKUMA

Chronic pain 4 - clench.

Chronic pain

Chronic pain


OTIM GERALD

The beauty of Kampala

No better way to enjoy the morning than watching the sunrise.

No matter the play ground, football has to go on because this is our Uganda.


PRISCILLA JENINAH

Lighting technique one.

Lighting Technique two.


RONALD SSEMAGANDA

Street market

Kampala old taxi park.


TIMOTHY LATIM

Easter.


TIMOTHY SHOTS

The flags, the masks

A clean city is everyone’s responsibility.

Children having to be Adults


ANTHONY GWARO

Beast of burden.

You can’t throw shade on the hustle.


MUKISA VON




THIS IS OURS


ALL SUBMISSIONS


DODDRIDGE BUSINGYE

BRUCE ACUTY

Bodaboda on loose 1.

Refreshing Crisp taste.


CHAP ART

JAMES WASSWA

Light trails in the bustling heart of Kampala road.

Street View of a ghost town.


KIBIRIGE IBRA

LUTHER JKOBZ


NICHOLATE PATIENCE

OCHIENG PHOTOGRAPHY

“Nature is a masterpiece in its own category and to truly appreciate what you see is something a few people get to experience. “

Ttula Ku Boda.


OLIVIA MARY KAY LOURDES

TUSUBIRA DAVID

Beautiful Kyanja In the night.


NAMWONE

This is me expressing my freedom and joy that being alive brings.

SIR IVAN

VALENTINE BRANDY

Definetly greener on the other side.


VICTORIA NABULIME

Kampala Sunset.

ATIILA DAVID

JAMES BIDEBERI

Poor drainage system at sinza A, Dar es salaam, Tanzania.


BOB WANYAMA

NABASA ALVIN

JOSHUA VICTOR SEMAGANDA

Deep Into my skin.

Young, wild and free.

A portrait of Mugisha Bernard, a local farmer based in lweza , wakiso district. The Farming sector continues to play a major key role in boosting the country’s economy with majority of Ugandans in different parts of the country engaging in the practice.


KIHUMURO MICHAEL

ALVIN KIGOZI

TIM AGABA BARORAHO

At the view.

Hawker portrait.

Self-Portrait as the Virgin Mary.


PETER NALUKO

Environment and City.

ELIZABETH AWORI

ElizabethAwori.


NIWE AKEINE MUJUNI

Regardless, we move.

JOSEPH MUBIRU

Be happy.It drives people crazy.

HAMALA EDGAR

This Side Up _ Tadeo Kasirisimbi Rhinos player (yellow) lands dangerously on his head in a collision with Heathens player Chris Lubanga during the Nile Stout Rugby League.


PHILIP KAIRU

Oguttu Power 1.

Oguttu Power 2.


GODFREY OJORE

KIRONDE LOUIS

The aerial view of the home steads in Karamoja locally called Manyatas.

Vawo Mpitewo.


HANNINGTON LUBWAMA BBUMBA

TIMOTHY KYEBAMBE

Colloquy.

Our city.


OUR PARTNERS 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust is an independent non-profit organisation, focused on the creation and exploration of contemporary art in Uganda. Our multi-purpose resource centre is based in the capital city Kampala and includes studios, accommodation for artists in residence, a contemporary art library, computers & editing suites, meeting areas and outdoor workshop space. Our programme offers artists in residence and members one on one drop in sessions for critique and professional development, workshops for practical skills. We produce the KLA ART festival biannually as a way to take art out of galleries to public spaces. We are currently building Uganda’s first purpose built art center.

We provide a platform that not only promotes the best of today’s photojournalism and documentary photography in Uganda but also supports a broad programme of visual literacy and visual education. We also seek to remind the viewing public of the importance of creativity, freedom of expression, and vibrant press for democratic development. The award soon became just one small part of a much larger organization, and in 2016 we established the FOTEA Foundation to support the growing scale of the award and our other activities. We aim to bring together photographers and other visual storytellers, to encourage and champion viewpoints that document and engage with social change in Uganda and East Africa. At any time you can expect to find a busy schedule including the Awards, the Emerging Photographer Mentorship Programme; workshops, photography talks, film screenings, portfolio reviews, and exhibitions.

Pro Helvetia Johannesburg supports and disseminates Swiss arts and culture in Southern Africa. We promote cultural exchange, develop and nurture long-term partnerships and support residencies



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