Ebifananyi I

Andrea Stultiens + others

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Deo Kyakulagira lived for his family and photography. He operated several studios, among which Central Art Studio Ltd. from the early 1970s until his untimely death in 2000

The noun Ebifananyi (which is the plural, singular is Ekifananyi) comes from the verb Kufanana, and means to be similar to. It is the Luganda word not only for drawings, or paintings or photographs, but for every two dimensional likeness.

Ebifananyi is also the title of the series publications by History In Progress Uganda (HIPUganda). Each book will start from one photocollection in Uganda and explore its narrative possibilities in images supported by words. This app is a digital representation of the first book of the series.

Deo Kyakulagira (1940-2000) lived for his family and photography. He operated several studios, among which Central Art Studio Ltd. from the early 1970s until his untimely death in 2000. He worked for the ministry of agriculture and for the department of medical illustration of Mulago Hospital.

Deo Kyakulagira did not exhibit his work during his lifetime. Like many of his colleagues he was not recognised as an author for the work he did. A wonderful series of self portraits made in various dark rooms and studios shows the pride Kyakulagira took in his work and justifies his late recognition as an artist.

In Ebifananyi I the reader gets to know Deo Kyakulagira through the likenesses he produced of himself, and the way he documented the world around him, partly as a father, partly as a professional photographer. Stories told by family members and others remembering Central Art Studio Ltd give an idea of the context in which Central Art Studio ltd operated and developed when Deo Kyakulagira ran it.

  • Maker(s):
  • Andrea Stultiens,
  • Aart Jan van der Linden

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