Claire Nalukenge and Mūhunyo Maina interview the Ugandan-based visual artist Eria Nsubuga ‘SANE’, whose satirical multmedia work grapples with themes of immigration, neo-colonialim, consumerism and the construction of borders.
ARTS LOUNGE AFRICA is a platform for performances and art conversations curated by Ruth Simbao and Lifang Zhang. The programme is hosted by the Arts of Africa and Global Souths research team and is supported by the National Research Foundation SARChI Chair in Geopolitics and the Arts of Africa.
Interviewers: Claire Nalukenge and Mūhunyo Maina
Artist: Eria Nsubuga ‘SANE’
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Eria Nsubuga ‘SANE’ is a Ugandan artist with 22 years of artistic practice experience. He has exhibited his work in East Africa and around the world, and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Arts of Africa and Global Souths research programme at Rhodes University, South Africa. SANE completed a Fine Art Practice PhD at the Winchester School of Art, Southampton University in January 2021. His work explores issues of access, border crossing, and constructions of nationhood and race.
Claire Nalukenge is a PhD Candidate in Art History with the DSI/NRF SARChI Chair and the Arts of Africa and Global Souths Research Programme at Rhodes University, Makhanda, South Africa. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Fine Arts (BIFA) and an MA (Fine Art) from Makerere University in Uganda. Her research focuses on the Nakayima Tree Tourist Site in Uganda, and considers ways of engaging with cultural objects in relation to spiritual and ritual performances.
Mūhunyo Maina is a Kenyan artist and writer. In 2020 he graduated with distinction from Rhodes University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and is currently doing his Master’s in Art History at Rhodes. He has exhibited at the Kioko Mwitiki Art Gallery and worked at the Kuona Artists Collective in Nairobi. As a writer, Mūhunyo’s work focuses on how local realities and contexts influence artistic practice among East African artists in a globalising world. Mūhunyo is based both in Makhanda, South Africa and Nairobi, Kenya.