Ebifananyi III

All the Tricks - Elly Rwakoma

Andrea Stultiens

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Image: Andrea Stultiens. Photo: Ben Krewinkel

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Image: Andrea Stultiens. Photo: Ben Krewinkel

Ebishushani III takes of from one particular image that, due to various circumstances, went missing. The reader is also told, by Elly Rwakoma’s himself, what the circumstances were in which he trained himself as a photographer and later ran his practice.

Ebifananyi is the title of a series of eight publications by Andrea Stultiens and co-published by Paradox and History In Progress Uganda (HIPUganda). The noun Ebifananyi is derived from the verb Kufanana, and means to be similar to. It’s the Luganda word for photographs, but also for drawings and paintings, placing emphasis on their qualities as likenesses. Each book is centred around one Ugandan photo collection, exploring its cultural context. The series present the results of engagements with photo collections by the Andrea Stultiens, the owners of the collections and (mainly) Ugandan artists, leading to in compelling stories and beautifully designed and printed books.

The first three books form a trilogy. Each book is based on the work of one Ugandan photographer. The third book of the Ebifananyi series, Ebishushani III – All the Tricks, delves into the life of Elly Rwakoma who ran photostudio studio and was a presidential photographer as well as a social worker and a businessman. Ebishushani III takes of from one particular image that, due to various circumstances, went missing. The reader is also told, by Elly Rwakoma’s himself, what the circumstances were in which he trained himself as a photographer and later ran his practice.

In 2011 Andrea Stultiens and artist Canon Griffin initiated the platform HIPUganda. They aim at digitalizing photographic material in Uganda to prevent the loss of historical collections, which are often threatened by challenging conservational circumstances. Furthermore, they aim to bring the collections to live by connecting their content to audiences. Since both founders are also image-makers and not archivists or conservators, they developed visual strategies to engage with the digitized material. These collections are dead until their content is handled by people who connect it with present day realities. The book series Ebifananyi is the first out of several projects that encourages engagement with the material that HIPUganda manages to disclose.

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  • Maker(s):
  • Andrea Stultiens

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Image: Andrea Stultiens. Photo: Ben Krewinkel

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Image: Andrea Stultiens. Photo: Ben Krewinkel




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