THE KADDU WASSWA ARCHIVE
The Kaddu Wasswa Archive is an ongoing collaborative project between Ugandan elder Kaddu Wasswa (*1933) and Dutch artist Andrea Stultiens (*1974). The two were in 2008 introduced to each other by Wasswa’s grandson Arthur Kisitu. Since then they have, partly individually and partly together, tried to find audiences for Wasswa’s idea, those in his archive as well as the ones developing in the present. These ideas are concerned with Ugandan culture without being dogmatic.
The archive includes photographs, texts in Luganda and English, and documents that include both texts and pictures. The mutually beneficial long term commitment leads to insights on cultural conventions and innovations through unusual visualisations of personal ideas.
The three slideshows provide an insight into the archive and the continuous unfolding of the collaboration between Stultiens and Wasswa. The first slideshow shows two different materialities that are present in Warsaw’s archive: digitised negatives and collages made by Wasswa. The second slideshow consists of reproductions of The Kaddu Wasswa Archive, the book that was published in 2010 and authored by Stultiens, Wasswa and Kisitu. The third slideshow gives examples of the ongoing collaboration in which new materials show up and are produced with every meeting between Wasswa and Stultiens.
© Andrea Stultiens, The Kaddu Wasswa Archive
All pictures courtesy of the artist.
Andrea Stultiens (1974, NL) received a Bfa and Mfa in photography at HKU University of the Arts and AKV St Joost in Breda respectively, and a Ma in photographic studies from Leiden University. She is currently finalising a practice based PhD research at the same university and divides her time between the Netherlands and Uganda.
Stultiens' artistic practice deals with photographs in relation to understandings of the presentations of histories. Since 2007 she mainly works with photograph from the African continent. She thinks of her artistic and research practice as collective making.
Since 2002 Stultiens has been teaching at Minerva Art Academy / Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen (NL). Since 2013 she has been involved in the research department of the university, where she focusses on the use of photographs in artistic practices, with an emphasis on intercultural and interdisciplinary contexts. Stultiens won several awards, among others the Steenbergen Stipendium 1998, Bouw in Beeld Prijs 2009, GiDi Photo Art Award 2012. She exhibits and publishes internationally, with a focus on Uganda and the Netherlands.