AFRICAN MODERNISM – KAMPALA WORKSHOP

OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

 

 picture by Timothy Latim

ABOUT:

The workshop will explore the relationship between architecture and photography. It will include sessions that examine historical and contemporary approaches to photographing buildings from the Modernist period.

During the late 1950s and the early 1960s most countries of Sub-Saharan Africa gained their independence. Architecture became one of the principal means with which the young nations expressed their national identity. Parliament buildings, central banks, stadiums, conference centers, universities and independence memorials were constructed, often featuring heroic and daring designs. The architecture in the capital cities of countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Zambia, Ghana or Senegal still represents some of the best examples of 60s and 70s architecture worldwide. Nevertheless it has received little attention and still remains to be ‘rediscovered’.

At the same time, this architecture also shows the difficulties, contradictions and dilemmas that the countries experienced in their independence process: In most cases, the architects were not local. In the case of Kampala, the architects were from the U.K, South Africa and Israel. The aim of this workshop is not to view the buildings as a monument of a bygone era, but rather, to see how they have adapted over time, and are now a part of the contemporary city.

The workshop aims to address the following questions:

  1. What is ‘Modernist Architecture’? What is ‘African Modernism’?
  2. How do you explore the relationship between Photography and Architecture?
  3. How do you develop a narrative? How do you tell a story about a building ?

 

VENUE & DATES:

Dates: 1st – 5th October
Activities: Full day
Location: Goethe-Zentrum Kampala, Ugandan German Cultural Society, Kamwokya, 52 Bukoto Street, Kampala.

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW:

The workshop will comprise of a series of talks and fieldwork led by our team of experts, Doreen Adengo (UG), Manuel Herz (GER) and James Muikuri (KEN). Photographs and documentation of the selected buildings will be reviewed and then exhibited in an open studio session at the Goethe-Zentrum Kampala conference room.

This workshop leads up to the exhibition ‘African Modernism’, curated by Manuel Herz, which will be shown from 15th November 2018 – 18th of January 2019 at Makerere Art Gallery. The exhibition is travelling to several African cities. In Kampala it is hosted by Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/UGCS and features a new chapter on the city of Kampala, co-curated by Doreen Adengo and Manuel Herz.

WHO CAN APPLY?

The workshop is open to young professionals and to students who have an interest in Architecture and Photography.

Applicants must:

  • be 18 years old or above
  • have experience using a smart phone or a camera to take photos
  • have the ability to use a browser, the Internet and simple tools for editing photos.HOW TO APPLY?We are looking to compose a team of (10) applicants with an Architecture background and (10) applicants with a background in Photography. You do not need to have a professional camera to apply, we allow the use of smartphone cameras. We are looking for individuals who are passionate about photography and the built environment in Kampala.

    Please send your response to the following questions to the email below:

  1. Please introduce yourself, include: Full name, gender, birth date, profession and hobbies/interests(Approx. 300 words).
  2. Why would you like to take part in this workshop? What is your motivation? (Approx. 300 words)
  3. Name three buildings in Kampala that you find interesting, and tell us why they are of interest to you(Approx. 300 words)

 

Apply to cultural@goethezentrumkampala.org

DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 9TH 2018

 

EXPERTS:

DOREEN ADENGO

is an Architect, based in Kampala, Uganda. She leads Adengo Architecture, an architecture practice grounded in research and multidisciplinary collaboration. Recent projects have focused on researching the housing crisis in Kampala, and developing affordable housing solutions.

After completing her undergraduate and graduate studies at the Catholic University and Yale, respectively, she worked in London, Washington DC, and New York for Adjaye Associates, Robert A. M. Stern Architects, Ellerbe Becket, and Gruzen Samton Architects. She has taught at The New School and Pratt Institute in New York, and at Uganda Marty’s University and Makerere University in Kampala.

Currently she is a visiting critic at University of Johannesburg’s Graduate School of Architecture.

 

MANUEL HERZ

is an architect with his own practice in Basel, Switzerland and Cologne, Germany. Current projects include housing projects in Cologne, Zürich and Lyon. The projects have received several prizes such as the German Facade Prize 2011, the Cologne Architecture Prize 2003, the German Architecture Prize for Concrete in 2004 and a nomination for the Mies van der Rohe Prize for European Architecture, 2011.

Besides his work as a practicing architect he researches and publishes on the relationship between architecture and nation building, and on refugee camps. His books include ‘From Camp to City – The Refugee Camps of the Western Sahara’ (Lars Müller Publishers) and ‘African Modernism – Architecture of Independence’ (Park Books Publishers).

 

JAMES MURIUKI

is an arts practitioner who has primarily used photography and lens-based media in his work. His practice revolves around the transition of society and the development of rapidly evolving urban spaces. Muriuki draws on forms such as architecture and food as visual elements and metaphorical symbols that illustrate human need, capacity, desire and aspiration. He is also interested in investigating the potential of images, video, and sound as mediums and processes of making art and ultimately as knowledge reservoirs and transmission channels.