The second edition of the Uganda Arts Diary was recently launched at Makerere Art Gallery, Kampala.
The colourful diary carries profiles, self-portraits and recent artworks of each of the fifty – three artists published. Like the first edition published in 2014, the second edition has a week -to-a-page desk diary showcasing Ugandan painters, sculptors and ceramicists.
However, there is a new addition in this edition, photography. This is to celebrate the genre which is fast being accepted as a mainstream art genre in the visual arts both locally and internationally.
Similar to the first edition, there’s a map and info on art galleries and studios in and around Kampala juxtaposition of already established and young artists and new faces on the art scene like Adonias Ocom, Alex Kwizera and Nalluze Winifred. These fresh names are given a platform to be seen and heard among veterans like Taga Nuwangaba, Paulo Akiiki and Hood Juuko.
Joseph Ntensibe’s image, Peacemaker, adorns the front cover of the diary. Its composition is of an elder sister lovingly cautioning her two sibling brothers seems a perfect choice. It’s dramatic and fantasy style captures the attention of the public. Here, it may be hard to bypass the diary on the shelf at any bookstore or gallery. Additionally, with a wire-spiral spine, flipping through the pages of the diary comes so easy.
The strength of this diary, like the first one, lies in its simplicity. It does not do anything else, but document the artist and his work. This idea of documenting the local art scene is important because it gives the public an idea of who the artist is and what inspires them in their work. The publisher, Sam Riche, has done a good job.
The Uganda Arts Diary is now available at Umoja Art Gallery, Makerere Art Gallery and Aristoc Book stores.
Source : The Independent