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Framer Framed

Ian Mwesiga

‘To me history seems to be very vague, not very apparent. It seems to be there and not there. […] I am not actually sure whether it really existed. It is something that I heard really existed. So it gives me room to express my visual feelings. Because it is all imagined.’

Ian Mwesiga (b. 1988) was a participating artist in the Framer Framed group exhibition Simuda Nyuma – Forward Ever Backward Never in 2015, curated by Robinah Nansubuga and Andrea Stultiens. Mwesiga graduated with a BA in Industrial Fine Art & Design from Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts at Makerere University (2014). He has undertaken two residencies at 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust (2014) and Kuona Trust (2014) where he rebelled against the realist techniques he was taught at university. He has exhibited his works in a solo exhibition at Makerere University (MIHCR) Melancholy (2015), AKA Gallery (2014) as well as numerous other group exhibitions.

He currently lives and works in Kampala, Uganda.


Simuda Nyuma – Forward Ever Backward Never. Foto: Lara Tompa

Exhibition: Simuda Nyuma - Forward Ever Backward Never

A contemporary interpretation of missing documents in an Ugandan archive of Ham Mukasa. Curated by Robinah Nansubug and Andrea Stultiens