On photographs and telling histories from and about Uganda
R: I am confused about this word Ekifananyi because the translation here says picture but what is image in Luganda?
N: Image… is… It is actually Ekifananyi too.
R: And photo?
R: So we have three words, meaning just one word. Ekifananyi
(fragment of a conversation between curator Robinah Nansubuga and artist/lecturer Nathan Omiel initiated by Andrea Stultiens)
In the research project Ebifananyi, historical and cultural aspects of photographic documentation are researched within the specific geographical context of the East African country Uganda. This leads to a series of artistic products presented as books and accompanying exhibitions.
As part of the research, a wide range of photo collections has been located and digitised in Uganda. A workflow has been developed in which Facebook as a social medium is used to understand the value of - and knowledge about - specific photographs. Collaborations with the owners of the material and/or other artists are initiated. These collaborations take different shapes, depending on the specific circumstances and people involved, but are always aimed at questioning and understanding the position of a collection of photographs within Uganda’s history.
These investigative processes lead to the development of creational and curatorial artistic forms that tell stories that emerge from the digitised photo collections. The books and the exhibitions are both artistic results of and experiments in an ongoing process that is directed at answering the question on how the Ebifananyi books relate - and add - to the way photographs have been used in the writing of Uganda’s history. In the end, the research project aims at elucidating the position and the practice of the researcher in the field of art practice and photography, in relation to other fields of knowledge to which the results of the project could be relevant, such as anthropology and African history.
Andrea Stultiens (1974, NL) received a Bfa and Mfa in photography at HKU University of the Arts and AKV St Joost in Breda respectively, and a Ma in photographic studies from Leiden University. Currently she divides her time between the Netherlands and Uganda.
Stultiens' artistic practice deal with photography in relation to understandings of the presentations of histories. Since 2007 her work originates mostly on the African continent and always develops in collaborations with others.
Since 2002 Stultiens has been teaching at Academy Minerva in Groningen (NL), where she was involved in setting up, and and recently started leading, a research group that looks at the use of photography in cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural artistic practices (PRICCAPractice). Stultiens won several awards, among others the Steenbergen Stipendium 1998, Bouw in Beeld Prijs 2009, GiDi Photo Art Award 2012. She exhibits and publishes internationally, with a focus on Uganda and the Netherlands.
Together with PRICCAPractice that is part of the Lectorate Image in Context at Academy Minerva, Andrea Stultiens presents the exhibition 'City Remixing'.
Opening 7 April 2016, 17.00.
Andrea Stultiens together with HIPUganda presents the exhibition CIty Remixing.
Opening reception 3 March, 17.00.
This talk that Andrea Stultiens gives at Photo Kathmandu is a public brainstorm on the way history and photographic documentations relate to each other, based on the work of three Ugandan photographers.
Andrea Stultiens curated this exhibition and expert meeting that is part of the fourth edition of PRICCAPractice.
In the section of this exhibition 'Keep the Best of Your Life' Andrea Stultiens showcases the ways in which Ugandans have presented and are presenting themselves, through a selection of images from the collection of History in Progress Uganda and the work of contemporary Ugandan photographers.
The exhibition Simuda Nyuma – Forward Ever Backward Never (2015) curated by Robinah Nansubuga (UG) and Andrea Stultiens (NL) offers work by nine Ugandan artists and two groups of students, one from Uganda Christian University in Mukono and one from Akademie Minerva in Groningen.
Andrea Stultiens exhibits the installation 'Go Forward' in this exhibition at Museum De Lakenhal.
During this exhibition and book launch Andrea Stultiens presents Ebishushani II and III: 'People, Poses, Places – Musa Katuramu' and 'All the Tricks – Elly Rwakoma'.
Andrea Stultiens presents her PhD reseach at this symposium that questions and discusses how artists and designers can intervene in the political domain in an artistic way and influence political awareness. The symposium is held at the Academie Minerva from 10.00-18.00.
Andrea Stultiens presents her PhD research at this conference that focusses on the photographic cultures of the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, undertaking new explorations of photography's past and present.
Andrea Stultiens will speak at this conference at the Research Centre for Material Culture.
'Go Forward' is a work in progress installation that is part of Andrea Stultiens’ PhD research.
On the occasion of the book launch of 'People Poses Places', Andrea Stultiens creates an exhibition by the same name at the Noorderlicht Photogallery.
Andrea Stultiens participates in the exhibition On the Move: Storytelling in Contemporary Photography and Graphic Design with the work 'The Photographer - Deo Kyakulagira (1940-2000)'.
Andrea Stultiens exhibits work in dialogue Ugandan photographer Deo Kyakulagira.
Andrea Stultiens is invited to speak at this symposium that has artistic research as its starting point.
Andrea Stultiens participates in this group exhibition with work made with the Noorderlicht commission, which she was awarded in January 2013.
Andrea Stultiens presents work in this exhibition on Artistic Research.
Exhibition with PhDArts candidate Andrea Stultiens and Rumanzi Canon.
Andrea Stultiens has been awarded a photography commission by Noorderlicht, the international platform for photography.
PhDArts student Andrea Stultiens is announced the winner of the third edition of the "GD4PhotoArt - Photography meets Industry" photography contest. The exhibition at Pinacotexa Nazionale shows work from all nominees.
Group exhibition with PhDArts student Andrea Stultiens