Without Artists, we would be jobless

DSC_0180The Germany Ambassador, Dr Peter Blumaire last week Thursday officiated the launch of the “Kabbo Ka Muwala” Exhibition at the Makerere Art Gallery.

Dr Peter Blumaire asserted that “migration is  a feature of man” He explained that it is due to various causes such as economic reasons, wars, persecution and for search of a better life.

The exhibition which opened on 14th, April, 2016 which will take two months will give an opportunity to students to interact with professional artists and also gain knowledge on how to execute their career in the field of art and craft.

In the Vice Chancellor’s remarks made for him by the Deputy Principal College of Engineering Design Art and Technology, Dr Venny Nakazibwe, she thanked those who came up with an idea and for choosing Makerere University to host the exhibition as an opportunity for us to learn from artists from across East And South  Africa.

With Joy Dr Venny Nakazibwe welcomed Dr Peter Blumaire for honouring the invitation to officiate the launch of the Kabbo Ka Muwala exhibition.

She further applauded the exhibition as a unique event. “The topic of migration is very important in our times. It is in pre-historic times. It brings people together, interests, cultures and beliefs and it is influencing humanity” said Dr Venny.

The travelling exhibition ‘Kabbo Ka Muwala – The Girl’s Basket’ presents contemporary artistic perspectives on African migration with emphasis on Southern and Eastern Africa.

Prof George Kyeyune a lecturer of Sculpture and History of African Art at MTSIFA said” We would be jobless without artists. Artists are very important in the society.” Migration issue has become toipical in the world.

He asserted that the exhibition was given a local name because it starting in Africa unlike in the past where it would start from Europe.

“Some artists live in diaspora. Therefore students now have a chance to talk to the artists about how they manage to put the work together” added Prof Kyeyune.

“The Kabbo Ka Muwala” exhibition  is a joint project of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, the Makerere Art Gallery in Kampala, Städtische Galerie (Municipal Art Gallery) Bremen, and Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany.

Among the artists present on the launch were Huffman, Hasifa Mukyala, Wanambwa and a team working from Nakivale Camp of refugees (Uganda), Hellen Zellu (Ethiopia), and Jodi Biba (South Africa).

The exhibition which started on Thursday 14th will be showing up to June 12, 2016.

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Story by Timothy Niwagaba