Uganda Contemporary Art: A Reflection of Cultural Transformation and Global Engagement

Authors : Monica Baliawo Nkanze

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 9 - September

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This paper examines the evolution of Uganda's contemporary art and Design as a reflection of cultural transformation and global engagement. It investigates the historical context, socio-cultural dynamics, and artistic practices that have shaped Uganda's contemporary art scene. Through an exploration of prominent Ugandan artists and their engagement with global artistic trends, the paper demonstrates how Uganda's art has transformed, adapted, and contributed to the discourse of contemporary art on the international stage. Basing on the development trends in the Uganda art industry, the paper further advances into the role of cultural transformation in shaping artistic expression, emphasizing the influence of Ugandan cultural identity and the intersection of religion and socio-political changes. It also highlights the agency of artists in driving change and innovation and explores the contributions of pioneer artists, contemporary art collectives, and art institutions in nurturing artistic development. Furthermore, the paper underscores the significance of Uganda's contemporary art in promoting cultural diversity, challenging traditional norms and fostering global dialogue. Lastly, the challenges faced by artists, such as artistic freedom, accessibility, funding, and the preservation of art are also discussed in this paper.

Keywords : Contemporary Art, Uganda, Design, Cultural Transformation, Global Engagement.


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