Visiting Kampala in the Netherlands

The City Remixing exhibition, on in Groningen in the Netherlands from 7th to 28th April, shows the Ugandan capital through the eyes of three photographers. They are M.W. Wambwa (1933), one of the first engineers in the country and a photojournalist who covered the first years of independence in the sixties; Dr. A.T. Schofield, a UK missionary, medical doctor and amateur photographer who lived in Uganda in the early years of the last century; and Sudanese Elsadig Mohamed, a photographer and filmmaker who revisited spaces the other two photographers shot. Rumanzo Canon, a Ugandan artist, and Dutch design student Luuk van den Berg also participate in the display, which was first on show during March at the Makerere University in Kampala itself.

The exhibition is an initiative of Andrea Stultiens. In 2011 she founded History in Progress Uganda (HIP) in collaboration with Canon. The project aims to collect and digitalise photo collections which are shared on social media.

The works of M.W. Wambwa are presented in the fifth edition of the Ebifananyi book series, edited by Stultiens. Dutch photographer Lard Buurman, whose photo book on African cities, received numerous accolades, will reflects on the exhibition at the opening session on April 7, 5 PM.

The exhibition is open from Mondays – Thursday from 9 AM until 9h30 PM, on Friday between 9 AM and 6 PM. Venue: Academia Minerva, Praediniussingel 59, Groningen, 1st floor. More information here

A pair of photographs from the book Ebifananyi #5; Picha – UHURU- minor accidents – Eng. M.W. Wambwa presented below:

Photo by Dr A T Schofield, Barclays Bank 1929.

Photo by Dr A T Schofield, High Court ca1930.

by Rumanzi Canon, High Court 2015.

Photo by Andrea Stultiens, and photograph inside picture by MW Wambwa, Old Taxi Park 2015-1960s.

Photography by Elsadig Mohamed, Amber House 2015. In Mohamed's photographs in this exhibition the focus is shifted. It is sometimes hard to be sure what exactly is seen. At the same time this makes it possible to see certain structures present in the city and the way it is photographed.

Photograph by MW Wambwa, Amber House 1960s.