Eria Nsubuga ‘Sane’

“My project pursues the idea of making sculptural motifs and shapes as representations of issues that society must address in order to move forward as a functional and coherent socio-political unit. In my work I address topics including rights, privileges and responsibilities. I believe it is pointless talking about symptomatic problems like corruption if we ignore the basic human rights of the individual. Furthermore, simply complaining and demanding our rights without seriously addressing the responsibilities that go with these rights is quite plainly ignorant.”

Eria Nsubuga ‘Sane’ will exhibit outside AKA Gallery, Hannington Rd, Nakasero (near Crested Towers).

Eria Nsubuga ‘Sane’, 2012. (Photo by: Stuart Williams. All rights reserved.)

Eria Nsubuga ‘Sane’ graduated from Makerere University in 2008 with a Masters in sculpture from the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts. He currently lectures at the Department of Art and Design at the Ugandan Christian University in Mukono and practises in painting, illustration and sculpture.

Sane’s first solo exhibition took place at AKA Gallery in 2002. Since then he has had several successive solo exhibitions in Kampala including AKA Gallery, AfriArt Gallery and Alliance Française.

Sane has exhibited at the East African Art Biennale in Dar-es-Salaam, the Milan Triennale in 2007 and the Florence Biennale in 2011. He has participated in group exibitions at the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre and the Goethe Centre in Windhoek, the Rahuset Exhibition Hall in Copenhagen, the Art Museum in Shanghai and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He was selected as artist in residence at the Oberpfalzer Künstlerhaus in Schwandorf, Germany (2004) and the Kuona Trust in Nairobi (2003). Sane attended the Tulipamwe International Artists’ Workshop in Okakarara, Namibia (2009) and the East African Art Summit in Nairobi (2011).

My Right to be Heard

Sane’s work functions as a series of symbolic representations of human rights and the responsibilities that go with them. “My project pursues the idea of making sculptural motifs and shapes as representations of issues that society must address in order to move forward as a functional and coherent socio-political unit.

I believe it is pointless talking about symptomatic problems like corruption if we ignore the basic human rights of the individual. Furthermore, simply complaining and demanding our rights without seriously addressing the responsibilities that go with these rights is quite plainly ignorant.”

Sane creates large scale sculptures to communicate his message. He produces giant spoons that not only symbolise the right to food but the necessity to work that accompanies that right. He executes a sculpture of a nose to express the right to identity and creates Guy Fawkes’ masks as a universal symbol for protest and the right to freedom of speech. By choosing familiar objects and symbols to relay his message, the artist is able to successfully engage with his public audience and address relevant social topics and questions surrounding the conditions of humanity.

Sane chooses to work with available materials such as cow dung, resin, aluminium and steel. He believes in the use of cow dung as a sustainable material being both eco-friendly and easily affordable. “The project touches on the global drive for sustainable energy in order to advance comfortable human existence.” Through the use of cow dung, Sane also cites former African methods of constructing buildings and by this connects the past with visions for the future.

‘My Right to be Heard’ occupies both the interior of the container and the exterior through the presentation of sculpture on the street pavement and in front of AKA Gallery.

Artwork by Eria Nsubuga 'Sane' for KLA ART 012. All rights reserved, 2012. (Photo by Thomas Bjørnskau.)

Artwork by Eria Nsubuga ‘Sane’ for KLA ART 012. All rights reserved, 2012. (Photo by Thomas Bjørnskau)

Artwork by Eria Nsubuga 'Sane' for KLA ART 012. All rights reserved, 2012. (Photo by Thomas Bjørnskau.)

Artwork by Eria Nsubuga ‘Sane’ for KLA ART 012. All rights reserved, 2012. (Photo by Thomas Bjørnskau.)

Artwork by Eria Nsubuga 'Sane' for KLA ART 012. All rights reserved, 2012. (Photo by Thomas Bjørnskau.)

Artwork by Eria Nsubuga ‘Sane’ for KLA ART 012. All rights reserved, 2012. (Photo by Thomas Bjørnskau.)

 

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