The Kampala Biennale explores African contemporary art [fr]
The 2nd edition of the Kampala Art Biennale (KAB16) was officially opened on September 2nd with many works exhibited around the city. The main aim of this artistic festival is to project the African contemporary art on the international scene with the view to making the Ugandan capital a major destination for the lovers of African art.
The 2nd edition of the Kampala Art Biennale (KAB16) was officially opened on September 2nd with many works were exhibited around the city. The exhibition dubbed ‘Seven Hills’ was inaugurated at the Ugandan Museum. With the financial support from Institut Français and the Embassy of France in Uganda, among others, artists from around the world (France, Belgium, UK, South Africa, Botswana ...) will be able to display their works throughout Kampala city during the month of September. The many exhibitions, projections, conferences, debates, artistic workshops and meetings should make this rendezvous quite flamboyant.
Under the theme ‘Seven Hills” which represents the seven hills of the Roman capitol and the seven hills of Kampala, the association, Kampala Arts Trust behind this event, wants to draw an analogy between the dynamism of antic Rome and the vibrancy of the Ugandan capital.
The official poster of the 2nd biennale
The Cameroonian artist Alice Atangana conceived the ‘Seven Hills’ image. Fascinated with the dynamic of movement, her attention was dawned to the vehicles and means of transport which punctuate the city of Kampala with an inimitable feverish pace and noise. With the help of digital gadgets, she wanted to give substance to this flow while emphasizing the growing importance of new technology in the daily life of the dwellers.
The main aim of this artistic festival is to project the African contemporary art on the international scene, making the Ugandan capital a major destination for the lovers of African art.
“We are observing a genuine interest for African contemporary art. The festival is turning into an international platform in East Africa …” remarked Daudi Karungi, Director of the Biennale who is optimistic about the future of this artistic movement in the Great Lakes region.
Besides promoting African contemporary art, the Kampala biennale is also a space for exchange and freedom of expression helping to foster social cohesion and the development of cultural identities within the East African integrating agenda.