Art Transposition, Hamburg
From September 14 to October 13, 2017, LKB/G will present Art Transposition, Hamburg, a group exhibition featuring emerging artists from Kenya and Uganda including Denis Mubiru, Waswad, Xenson, Boniface Maina and Shabu Mwangi. Curated by Robinah Nansubuga, the exhibition explores the boundary between abstract and figurative.
Curatorial projects in Kampala and Nairobi unite the emerging artists, revealing the common features of their oeuvres.
Born in Nanyuki, Kenya in 1987, Boniface Maina is one of Kenya’s fast-rising emerging artist. He attended junior school and high school in the same town. In 2006, he relocated to Nairobi city and attended YMCA Training Institute to study art and design where he graduated with a diploma. He is inspired by basic human reactions and his daily encounters which he incorporates in his surrealistic figures. Maina is currently working with a combination of abstract expressionism and surrealism.
Denis Mubiru was born Uganda. At secondary school level, he won two academic awards at St. Henry’s College Kitovu and Namilyango College (organised by Nommo Art Gallery, Nakasero, Kampala) respectively. He is currently studying commercial industrial art and design at Nkumba University. Denis Mobiru reflects on critical issues of society.
Lawrence (Shabu) Mwangi was born in Kenya. Left to look after himself, at age ten, he was exposed to a world of illicit drugs and abuse. Fortunately, he was rescued by Catholic Missionaries and placed in a rehabilitation centre in Nairobi, where he started anew. In 2003, he started to paint – the only tool he could use to express himself was art, ‘because with art you have the wisdom of silence’. Nwangi combines his art with social work and the daily struggles of those he tries to assist. He interacts with his community by sharing these issues within his work, bringing hope and inspiration. When not involved in making art, Lawrence Nwangi works with children with disabilities and offers basic counselling and therapy through art. In 2005, he started a group known as the Wajukuu Art Project.
Wasswa Donald, also known as Waswad, is a painter, sculptor and mixed media artist. He graduated from Kyambogo University in 2006 with a Bachelors degree in art and design. His works have been widely exhibited in Kampala including Nommo Gallery, Goethe-Zentrum, AKA Gallery, Serena Hotel and AfriArt Gallery. He participated in the LaBa! Street Art Festival (2012) and had solo exhibitions at Alliance Française (2009), Emin Pasha Hotel (2010) and AKA Gallery (2011 and 2012). In 2010, he was part of Ugandan-German cooperative theatre production travelling to Germany, Austria and Denmark. Waswad is one of the founders and members of Artpunch Studio in Kansanga, an initiative established in 2008 with the strong belief in collaboration as an important source of inspiration.
Xenson employs a multidisciplinary approach including fashion, performance, installation, video and painting. His work interrogates contemporary issues of identity consumerism, human excess and global circulation of culture. A solitary dreamer, he is greatly influenced by the grandeur of African culture, the vitality of African dance and Hip Hop as a free expressive Art form. Xenson traded his engineering studies to join Makerere Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Art, where he graduated with first class honours. Since then, intermittent appearances of his works, performances, installations and fashions have been exhibited in Uganda and abroad.
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