Tshabangu’s Studio: History is the home address

Andrew Tshabangu is a South-African photographer, born in Soweto in 1966. His photography has been exhibited internationally in various exhibitions. Tshabangu is renowned for his surreal smoky lighting, documenting the rituals of black communities in urban Africa. 

I am often asked Andrew, where is your studio ?" and my reply in most cases is "The streets are my studio".

In response to Maestro Simon Njami's task for Kampala Biennial  2020 "Get up-Stand up', I propose to appropriate Mongani Wally Serote title of his book of poetry "History is the home address ". During the course, the streets of Kampala are going to be our Studio.

In these streets, we must discover the address of human hope that will encourage us to "Get-up and Stand-up" whatever the cost.

 In a more and more competitive and globalized art world, I propose to help the participants give birth to these new and necessary objects, whether these objects are of pure forms or pure concepts or an ibridation of both.

The very pragmatic aim of the workshop is to help the participants produce works that allow them to align their inner selves, their deepest convictions, with the stakes of a career strategy. The workshop will be based alternatively on the case studies of some of my works (and on how they were given birth), and on the reviewing of the participants' recent personal works. In order to enable the participants to bring out what is both unique, universal and indispensable in their art, we will work on identifying, structuring and consolidating the personal, social and political issues that underlie their artistic production.

Apprentices in Tshabangu's Studio

The following young artists have been selected and will be participating as apprentice in Andrew Tshabangu'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.

Hamis a an 23-year old artist, photographer, breakdancer and dance teacher.

AHMED HAMIS (Uganda)

Hamis a an 23-year old artist, photographer, breakdancer and dance teacher. He is a volunteer member of Breakdance Project Uganda, a local nonprofit youth organization that uses breakdancing and other forms of hip hop and art to promote positive social change and social responsibility. He actively travels and competes in street dance and art events within East Africa while also documenting the East African hip hop scene and daily life through photography.

Chris Dennis Rosenberg is a social-environmental photojournalist 

CHRIS DENNIS ROSENBERG (Uganda)

Chris Dennis Rosenberg (1997) is a social-environmental photojournalist based in Kampala, Uganda  where he acquired a Bachelor of Science in Multimedia and Animation (2019).

He is very interested in photojournalism and fine art photography and he currently specializes mainly in nature, people and wildlife where he tries to shed a light on the importance of coexistence in its many forms by merging fine art and photojournalism techniques.

His dream is to work with a group of people looking to find solutions to help mitigate the current threats to our planet, for both wildlife and nature conservation as well as address social issues impacting children's and women’s lives and growth.

Ethel Aanyu (25) is a graduate of Makerere University who majored in painting, sculpture and jewelry. 

ETHEL AANYU (Uganda) 

Ethel Aanyu (25) is a graduate of Makerere University who majored in painting, sculpture and jewelry. When at university she modeled for her friends that studied photography and this was her inspiration to venture in photography too and she shifted her career from painter and a jeweler to photography.

Kasangati Godelive Kabena is a trained photography who graduated in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa.

KASANGATI GODELIVE KABENA (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Kasangati Godelive Kabena was born in Goma / DRC In 1996. Trained photography and graduated in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kinshasa. She has repeatedly participated in group exhibitions in painting as photography. She is also interested in documentary, artistic photography and conceptual video.

Originally a painter, she discovered photography in 2016, which changed the way of perceiving herself and the world around her, just after a few months of exercising this profession, she participated in these first training and group exhibitions in photography.

Trevor Mukholi is a photographer who studies Literature and Languages at Kyambogo University.

TREVOR MUKHOLI (Uganda)

Trevor Mukholi (21) studies Literature and Languages at Kyambogo University. He started photography two years ago when he collaborated with artist Wandulu Timothy in his work "modern intellects" in KLAART 2018. This spurred his interest and that is how he began his early journey in contemporary art. He was involved in architectural photography with Doreen Adengo in "African Modernism" and has collaborated with Wandulu Timothy to produce modern intellects amongst other projects yet to be exhibited. 

Tshepo Moloi is a Johannesburg based documentary and street photographer who focuses on topics such as migration, belonging, identity and community.

TSHEPO MOLOI (South Africa) 

Tshepo Moloi, is a Johannesburg based documentary and street photographer who focuses on topics such as migration, belonging, identity and community. Tshepo Moloi (1992) was born in Johannesburg, but grew up in the rural place of Mpumalanga (Daggakraal). He became interested in photography and film-making, and started photographing and experimenting around his community. In 2016, he was part of a group show ‘Fluxus Now’ by Space Space Gallery, Johannesburg. In 2017, he joined Market Photo Workshop, where he completed a photography foundation course and his work was showcased for a group show Photo Workshop 17. In 2018, he showcased with Howdy by Space Space Gallery, Switzerland. In 2019, he showcased at ‘Spring Exhibition’, Julie Miller Art, Johannesburg, ‘awayfromthekeyboard.gif’, A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town. His work was published on Africanah.org, The Kiosk of Democracy, Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg) and a photographic talk ‘Pretoria Street Photography, Pretoria. 

Winifrid is a Tanzanian visual artist working across various mediums including paint, photography, collage, digital design and illustration.

WINIFRID LUENA (Tanzania) 

Winifrid is a Tanzanian visual artist working across various mediums including paint, photography, collage, digital design and illustration. He is based in Dar Es Salaam and has since 2o16 been involved in various exhibitions both in Tanzania and abroad. Luena has won numerous awards including the Absa L'Atelier award, 2019. Luena is interested in psychological and sociological application of art. He uses art to explore different themes related with individuality, identity and norm of everyday life from people and places around him.