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Xenson Znja preparing his performance at Framer Framed, Amsterdam. Foto: Framer Framed / Lara E. Tompa.

Xenson Znja

Employing a multidisciplinary approach including fashion, performance, installation, video and painting. Xenson’s work interrogates contemporary issues of identity consumerism, human excess and global circulation of culture.

A solitary dreamer greatly influenced by the grandeur of African culture, 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 honors degree. Since then intermittent appearances of his Art works, performances installations and fashions have been shown in numerous exhibitions in Uganda and abroad.

He has participated in workshops, residences and exhibitions including: KLAART 2012 (Kampala, Uganda, 2012), Artist in Residence at 32 Degrees East / Uganda Arts Trust (Kampala, Uganda, 2013), KLAART 2014 (Kampala, Uganda), The Lubare and the boat, Deveron Arts (Scotland 2014), Institute Buena Bista (Curacao, 2014), Future of Africa summit (Paris, France), Africa now: Fashioning person hood, Minneapolis Institute of Art (USA, 2014),  Johannesburg Art fair (South Africa, 2015), Simuda Nyuma – Forward Ever Backward Never at Framer Framed (Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 2015), Kabbo ka Muwala (Zimbabwe, Uganda and German, 2016), World Cultural Forum (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016).

He is a well collected artist in Germany, Scotland, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, France, USA, and Canada. His works are many private and public collections including the Scottish Museum.


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


In Dialogue II: Questioning the explorer
With a historical re-enactment by performing artist Xenson Znja.