Immy Mali

Immy Mali (b.1990) is a multi-media artist from Arua, living and working in Kampala Uganda. In 2014, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and fine arts from Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University. That same year, she participated in the Kampala Contemporary Arts Festival 2014, Laba Street Art Festival 2014 and Bayimba Art Festival 2014. In 2015, she participated in the 5th ÀSÌKÒ CCA Lagos International Art Programme in Maputo, Mozambique, the KHOJ International artist’s workshop in Pune Maharashtra India and the AtWork Kampala workshop with Lettera27.

Mali explores personal memories of childhood growing up in Uganda by creating precarious installations using broken glass, razors, used hair braids in an attempt to digest the pain of childhood incidents. Her work, “Daddy Can I Play?!” represents the conflict between the child seduction of play and adult obligation of safeguarding children. Her work also offers perspectives on human resilience and what can be overcome by representing pain as an emotion that can be touched.