Ebifananyi VI

Duc In Altum - Dive Into The Deep - St. Mary's College Kisubi

Andrea Stultiens

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Image: Andrea Stultiens. Photo: Ben Krewinkel

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Image: Andrea Stultiens. Photo: Ben Krewinkel

The sixth book, Duc in Altum - Dive into the Deep, is based on the photocollection related to the olders Catholic boarding school for boys in Uganda; St. Mary’s College Kisubi (anno 1906). It suggests a relationship between the formal education that missionaries brought to Uganda and the butterflies preserved in the school’s biology lab.

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.

Book five, six and seven again form a trilogy. This time dealing with photographic pictures and their roles in documentation, education and the generation of knowledge in colonial and post-colonial Uganda. The sixth book in the Ebifananyi Series, Duc in Altum, Dive into the Deep, is based on the photocollection related to the olders Catholic boarding school for boys in Uganda; St. Mary’s College Kisubi (anno 1906). It suggests a relationship between the formal education that missionaries brought to Uganda and the butterflies preserved in the school’s biology lab.

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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