Lwanga Emmanuel (History in Progress)

Lwanga Emmanuel is a figurative and portrait sculptor. He was formally introduced to sculpture in 2003 after joining the Michelangelo School of Creative Arts for a diploma in Art and Design where he created under the tutorship of Henry Mujuzi Kipemba. He graduated in June 2006 with a Kyambogo University Diploma. In 2013, he graduated from Makerere University with a First Class Degree in Industrial and Fine Arts. His art is inspired by nature and he works with a wide range of materials though his media of choice are water-based clay and Fibre glass. He was a participating artist in the Framer Framed group exhibition Simuda Nyuma – Forward Ever Backward Never in 2015, curated by Robinah Nansubuga and Andrea Stultiens

Lwanga Emmanuel was one of three artists who worked on Simuda Nyuma during his 2014 residency at 32° East. Simuda Nyuma is the title of a trilogy written during the 1930s by Ham Mukasa (1870-1956), who was an important chief of Baganda – a kingdom in south-central Uganda. Being highly educated and one of the first literate in the region, Mukasa wrote about the lives of three kings who ruled Buganda from ca. 1850 until the 1930s.Inside Mukasa’s family collection, which includes photographs, books, manuscripts and documents, curator Andrea Stultiens found a list with descriptions for illustrations. These illustrations were meant to be shown in the trilogy on the life of the three kings, but were never created. Intrigued by this document, Stultiens assigned Ugandan and Dutch artists to interpret and create the illustrations.