KABBO KA MUWALA - The Girl’s Basket Migration and Mobility in Contemporary Art in Southern and Eastern Africa in Kampala

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April 15, 2016 to June 12, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Fine Arts, Immigration & Migration History / Studies


KABBO KA MUWALA - The Girl’s Basket  Migration and Mobility in Contemporary Art in Southern and Eastern Africa in Kampala

Collaborative exhibition project at three venues:

National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare, Zimbabwe: February 4 – April 4, 2016
Makerere Art Gallery in Kampala, Uganda: April 14 – June 12, 2016
Städtische Galerie Bremen, Germany: September 24 – December 11, 2016
www.kabbokamuwala.org / #KabboKaMuwala


KABBO KA MUWALA - The Girl’s Basket presents works by 20 artists reflecting on narratives of migration. 


The exhibition “Kabbo ka Muwala”, conceived as an itinerant project taking place in Zimbabwe, Uganda and Germany, artistically explores perspectives on the multitude of migration processes in and from southern and eastern Africa primarily through the eyes of artists from these regions. A wide range of media, including photo works, videos, mixed media, and installations will propose alternative reflections to clichéd representations of a mass exodus to the Global North. 

The title of the exhibition is an idiom in Luganda, a widely spoken language in central Uganda. The expression refers to a tradition known throughout East Africa in which a bride transports presents in a basket to her new family and her parents in turn. Metaphorically the basket represents expectations and hopes, but also disappointments and setbacks, which come with all processes of migration.

In reversing the usual pattern, where exhibitions are first shown in Europe and only then travel to Africa, “Kabbo ka Muwala” will begin at two traditional exhibition venues in Zimbabwe and Uganda before arriving at the port city of Bremen. Each venue will feature a core of traveling works complemented by displays and exhibits that make reference to the respective region. The exhibition and accompanying programme also aim at emerging artists, activists and grassroots organisations, universities and schools.

The accompanying illustrated catalogue includes essays by the curatorial and the scholarly team, as well as by Gerald Machona, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Rosemary Jaji, and Yordanos Seifu Estifanos, linking scholarship in cultural studies and social sciences with artists’ perspectives.


Participating artists: Berry Bickle (ZW), Jodi Bieber (ZA), The Border Farm Project (ZW/ZA), Rehema Chachage (TZ), Mimi Cherono Ng’ok (KE), Kudzanai Chiurai (ZW), Anawana Hobøl (ZM/NO), Kiluanji Kia Henda (AO), Wanja Kimani (KE/ET/UK), Miriam Syowia Kyambi (KE), Gerald Machona (ZW/ZA), Immy Mali (UG), Nástio Mosquito (AO), Victor Mutelekesha (ZM/NO), MwangwiHutter (DE/KE), NakivArt/Anke Fischer (UG/DE), Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa (UG/UK), Xenson (UG), Helen Zeru (ET), Rut Karin Zettergren (SE)


Curators: Raphael Chikukwa (National Gallery of Zimbabwe), Katrin Peters-Klaphake (Makerere Art Gallery) and Dr. Ingmar Lähnemann (Städtische Galerie Bremen)

Assistant Curator: Anna Kućma (Makerere Art Gallery)


Project coordination: Dr. Lydia Potts and Dr. Katharina Hoffmann (EMMIR, European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations & ZFG, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Women and Gender at Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany)


The exhibition “Kabbo ka Muwala” is based on the collaboration between Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare, Makerere University in Kampala, and Städtische Galerie Bremen, and is funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation. The Local sponsors include the UNHCR, British Council and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Harare.

Contact Info: 
Makerere Art Gallery/ Institute of Heritage, Conservation and Restoration
At Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Director: Dr. George Kyeyune
Curator: Katrin Peters-Klaphake
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