Masterclass with Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa

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29 May 2019

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Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, Promised Lands, 2018. Image courtesy the artist

I do not describe myself as a filmmaker, but rather as someone who does things with video’ from time to time. My aim for this Masterclass is to reflect upon and to share my thoughts about the creative circumstances that lead me to work with the moving image. When am I drawn to it, and why? What specifically am I looking to explore or achieve?”Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa

In her films and installations, Wolukau-Wanambwa examines differing worldviews in the wake of colonialism in east Africa. Her ongoing work excavates structures of coercion and power, collecting material and ephemeral traces of the region’s cultural, political, and aesthetic engagement with Europe. In the video installation Promised Lands (2015), Wolukau-Wanambwa addresses the migratory flows of bodies throughout Uganda and Kenya at various points in history… Ultimately, the land itself becomes a metaphor refracted in different points of view, representing the contradictory colonialist imagination as a whole.’ —Alena J. Williams

Join artist Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa for a SUPERLUX Masterclass that will focus on the relationship between the moving image and her wider practice, alongside the presentation of Ken Jacob’s The Perfect Film (1986).

Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa is an artist and research fellow in Fine Art at the University of Bergen, Norway as well as Convener of the Africa Cluster of the Another Roadmap School. Wolukau-Wanambwa works in a wide range of media, formats and contexts. Recent exhibitions include Bergen Assembly 2019; 62nd BFI London Film Festival; The Showroom, London; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; 10th Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art; National Gallery of Zimbabwe; Makerere University Art Gallery; and Kunsthalle Bremen. Her essay, Words Words Words, will shortly be published in the exhibition catalogue Lis Rhodes: Dissident Lines by Nottingham Contemporary and the Palais de Tokyo.

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