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21 September 2023: All. Rights. Matter. Leilah Babiyre, Sheila Nakitende and Mzili Mjunga, with Dr Angelo Kakande

    Image: Leilah Babiyre, ‘I care about you’ (2016).

    Centre for Art and Politics + Centre for Contemporary Art Seminar
    Dr Angelo Kakande (Makerere University; Global Fellow, School of Art History, University of St Andrews 2023-4
    School II, St Salvator’s Quad, St Andrews ( KY16 9AL)
    Thursday September 21st, 4pm

    Leilah Babiyre made and exhibited the installation ‘I care about you’ (2016) during the ARTWORK AT KAMPALA Exhibition hosted at Makerere University in 2016. She used this work to publicly declare that she was gay (something that costed her admission for graduate training in 2018). She is currently exiled in the USA. In the presentation, Dr Kakande shall raise issues of art, politics and law to speak about Babirye’s work, his own and that of two others Sheila Nakitende and Mzili Mujunga. These are the few visual artists who have dared to speak about gay rights in Uganda.

    In advance of the seminar, please read Angelo Kakande, ‘Protecting the ‘traditional heterosexual family’? The state and anti-homosexuality legislation in Uganda’ in Contested Intimacies: Sexuality, Gender and the Law in Africa, ed. Derek Higginbotham and Victoria Collis-Buthelezi (Cape Town: Siber Ink in association with IAPO and Centre for African Studies, 2015), pp. 17-30. (download available here: Kakande, Contested Intimacies).

    The St Andrews Centre for Contemporary Art is delighted to be supporting Dr Kakande’s Global Fellowship with the School of Art History in the academic year 2023-24.

    All welcome! For details on how to find School II, please see here.

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