The Kaddu Wasswa Archive on Archive Platform's Showroom

  • Andrea Stultiens

Press/Media: Research


A contribution to Archivo:

"Archivo was founded in 2012 with the purpose of creating a space for thinking and discussing photography and documentary approaches through debate around its current practices and discourses, provided by the collaboration with visual artists, writers and researchers who explore issues arising from historical, political, cultural and critical standpoints. From 2012 to 2016, Archivo published a quarterly bilingual magazine (ArchivoZine) aiming to contribute to the critical reflection on photography's relations to the document and documentary.


In 2017 Archivo became part of a PhD in Photography,  funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), within the European Centre of Documentary Research (eCDR) at the University of South Wales, in the United Kingdom. In this context, until 2020, the platform will be used as a way of extending the doctoral research, through collaboration with visual artists and researchers, exploring issues relating to the theorisation of photography and archive, documentary, as well as new forms of production, dissemination and reception.

Collaboration with practitioners and writers will exist in the form of interviews, commissioned and selected essays, and the presentation of visual works. Besides contributing to the academic research, the content collected in this platform will be curated and presented in the UK and Portugal."

Period2 May 2016

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleThe Kaddu Wasswa Archive on Archivo Platform's Showroom
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletArchivo Platform
    Media typeWeb
    DescriptionThe 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/AuthorAna Catarina Pinho
    PersonsAndrea Stultiens


  • photography
  • archives
  • uganda
  • artistic research