Title The Kaddu Wasswa Archive on Archivo Platform's Showroom Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet Archivo Platform Media type Web Country Portugal Date 2/05/16 Description The Kaddu Wasswa Archive is an ongoing collaborative project between Ugandan elder Kaddu Wasswa (*1933) and Dutch artist Andrea Stultiens (*1974). The two were in 2008 introduced to each other by Wasswa’s grandson Arthur Kisitu. Since then they have, partly individually and partly together, tried to find audiences for Wasswa’s idea, those in his archive as well as the ones developing in the present. These ideas are concerned with Ugandan culture without being dogmatic.
The archive includes photographs, texts in Luganda and English, and documents that include both texts and pictures. The mutually beneficial long term commitment leads to insights on cultural conventions and innovations through unusual visualisations of personal ideas.
The three slideshows provide an insight into the archive and the continuous unfolding of the collaboration between Stultiens and Wasswa. The first slideshow shows two different materialities that are present in Warsaw’s archive: digitised negatives and collages made by Wasswa. The second slideshow consists of reproductions of The Kaddu Wasswa Archive, the book that was published in 2010 and authored by Stultiens, Wasswa and Kisitu. The third slideshow gives examples of the ongoing collaboration in which new materials show up and are produced with every meeting between Wasswa and Stultiens.
Producer/Author Ana Catarina Pinho Persons Andrea Stultiens
- artistic research