Munroe’s Studio: Every Voice

Lavar Munroe. The Artist-Trickster is an interdisciplinary artist whose work encompasses painting, drawing, sculpture, installation art, and a hybrid medium that straddle the line between sculpture and painting.

I would like to facilitate the construction of a larger than life-sized grouping of singing (choir/opera) that will take the form of 6 to 8 feet free standing mask-like heads to create a mass (grouping) that will confront, challenge and guide viewers through the biennials space.

Like masks, votives and amulets throughout religious and mythological history, the heads will be embellished with meaningful and culturally relevant objects from in and around Kampala, be in from personal homes, streets, or animistic objects believed to have specific powers. They will all have the mouths theatrically opened as if rejoicing or crying or conversating or singing. 

The objects will then be covered in latex (paint or solvent) to secure the fragile pieces and also to give them a sense of uniformity. These works will all take on personalized characteristics as individuals in the workshop will be giving free reign to interpret each mask (guardians/votives/performers) as they see fit giving mere size and structural guidelines from myself. The embellishments and most of the construction will be a community effort. The uniformity of things will occur once the masks are painted in white latex paint and erected in and around the space.

APPRENTICES IN MUNROE'S STUDIO 

The following young artists have been selected and will be participating as apprentice in Lavar Munroe's studio. When international travel allows after the peak of the covid-19 pandemic, they will meet and work on their collective art piece in August 2020 and exhibit during KAB20. At the moment they are interacting online through Zoom and Whatsapp.

Cleodelia Nanjuba is a Ugandan self-taught mixed media artist who learnt by experimenting with photography and set design.

CLEODELIA NANJUBA aka Delia (Uganda) 

Cleodelia Nanjuba is a Ugandan self-taught mixed media artist who learnt by experimenting with photography and set design. Her innovations have made her someone to watch out for in the Ugandan art scene. Her work is a surrealistic portrayal of the human form, specifically the African woman and a testament of the diverse forms of contemporary art.

Her outerworld and ethereal installations give an interesting take to experimental art in Uganda. Her work is inspired by the need to escape a theme that is prevalent in her works. 

Ibrahim Bemba Kebe is a young Artist from Bamako, Mali. He has just finished with his license of arts at Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimedia of Bamako.

IBRAHIM BEMBA KEBE (Mali)

Ibrahim Bemba Kebe is a young Artist from Bamako, Mali. He has just finished with license of arts at conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimedia of Bamako, where he discovered the professional aspect of Arts which changed is view of the word creation. Kebe is interested with sculpture and installation which are pertinent medium for him to express traditional aspect of his society.

Kebe’s technique is based on recycling objects to create visual arts inspired from cultural practices of his country. He is funding member and president of the very young collective of graduated or student of visual arts from Conservatoire de Bamako called Sanou'Arts.
Kebe work ans live in Bamako

Zimbabwe artist Option began sketching at an early age. He has developed a versatility that allows him to elegantly express himself when printmaking, painting, or using mixed media.

OPTION NYAHUNZVI (Zimbabwe)

Born in Harare 1992 and raised in Rusape, Option began sketching at an early age. He has developed a versatility that allows him to elegantly express himself when printmaking, painting, or using mixed media. The exploration of the impact of technology on urban youth in townships as well as the illusions, attractions and trappings of contemporary township life thematically unite option’s work. 

Option Dzikamai Nyahunzvi graduated with a Certificate in Visual Arts and Design awarded by Harare Polytechnic College in association with the National Gallery School of Visual Arts and Design in 2015. In this same year he graduated, Option was the First price (winner) in Graphics for the work “Homeless Migrants" in an exhibition called Migration at Gallery Delta in Harare, Zimbabwe. Option had his first solo exhibition in the year 2015 named Civilized debauchery, KooVha Creative Hub, Harare, Zimbabwe and has since featured in a number of exhibitions and Art fairs both on the domestic and international scene.

Vanessa Montonati aka Viko is an Italian illustrator and graphic designer

VANESSA MONTONATI aka Viko (Italy) 

Vanessa Montonati aka Viko is an Italian illustrator and graphic designer.
Born in Milan, she studied art and illustration at La Scuola del Fumetto and got a master’s degree at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED).

She has been publishing for important children books editors, magazines, graphic agencies.
In the last years her work has focused on conflicts, politics and social issues, where her style becomes sharper and conceptual. Working as a freelancer for 10 years and moving all over the world, she has been exposed to different cultures (Europe, Africa, South America and Middle East). When she was a child her dream was to combine art and traveling, explore the world, sharing beauty and discoveries. That's why she now likes to call herself “The Reporter Illustrator”! 

She’s now based in Kampala, taking inspiration from the magical, free-spirited Ugandan atmosphere.

WAKIANDA VIRGINIA (Kenya)

Wakianda is a freelance visual artist and a fashion designer. She has gone out of her way to merge both distinctive fields to create mind blowing pieces. Born and raised in Nairobi, Wakianda has become conversant with the day to day urban lifestyle. Pursuing her degree in B.A. in Fashion Design and Marketing at Kenyatta University, has enabled her to acquire the required skills in creating and designing. Moreover, Wakianda was part of the Art Collective Ziwa Zambarau and gradually became an independent artist. She has used various mediums to create artworks: acrylics, graphite, mixed media, sculptor and art photography. She has also worked  with fabrics as a mixed media and created profound art pieces.

Wakianda has participated in the Kenya Art Fair 2017, with her art collective Ziwa Zambarau. She has as well taken part in the Kenya Fashion Awards Next Gen Weekend 2018 in showcasing her creative wear. Wakianda will be holding a solo  exhibiting at the Goethe Institute KE for the Sasa Nairobi Series in November 2020.

Katesi Jacqueline Kalange is a multi media artist from Uganda, specialising in sculpture and painting. 

KATESI JACQUELINE KALANGE (Uganda) 

Katesi Jacqueline Kalange is a multi media artist from Uganda, specialising in sculpture and painting. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in Art and Industrial design at Kyambogo University.

Her work focusses on installation woven sculpture, and painting where Jaqueline expresses herself using available natural, mixed with recyclable materials within the environment such as polythene bags, rattan canes, fabrics, and metal for sculpture and acrylics supplemented with soil for paintings.

"As an artist, am inspired by nature because I feel nature is still holding onto the values we are losing as human beings currently, for example love, genuinity, unity, peace, coexistence, to mention but a few."

Therefore through her multimedia art, she intents to speak to the community and remind them of indigenous values that we once had and assisted us to co-exist in harmony as well as conducively.