Bathsheba Okwenje, Maria Brinch, Lilian Nabulime, Miriam Watsemba – My Mother Is Forgetting My Face
August 29 - October 11
By choosing a relatable component of life, a mother, in the exhibition title: My Mother Is Forgetting My Face, the curator seeks to grab the attention of whoever has time to read. But, after this, the title takes on a metaphorical meaning, where the mother is actually the nation and the face is actually the respective citizens of the concerned nation. In essence the exhibition seeks to speak to the unspeakable injustices that nations render to their citizens. As a starting point, the exhibition speaks about three specific nations about which the exhibiting artists took interest; Myanmar, Uganda and South Sudan. Maria Brinch is commenting on the resilience in Myanmar, Bathsheba Okwenje and Miriam Watsemba are talking about the South Sudanese war and the consequent refugee crisis in Uganda and most recently Lilian Nabulime speaking about the Covid-19 pandemic in Uganda which has registered a set of inconsiderate policies to the citizens in the name of combating the virus spread.
How do we even harvest the right words to speak about an ongoing crisis without igniting trauma, especially among victims of war? Since 2013, South Sudan has been embroiled in a Civil War. Over four hundred thousand people have perished and four million others displaced, majority of whom are living in refugee camps in Uganda. Because of the enraging war in South Sudan, the country continues to disfigure the faces of its citizens and to expose them to terror, destitution, and homelessness.
The exhibition is curated by Martha Kazungu.