Gulu Real Art Studio

A Solo Show by Martina Bacigalupo

About the exhibition
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While visiting Gulu Art Studio, one of the oldest photography studios in Gulu, Uganda, Martina Bacigalupo happened to discover a trash bin filled with portraits presenting uncanny square-shaped holes in lieu of faces. Discarded by the studio owner, who used the prints to cut out ID photos for his clients, and then recontextualized by Bacigalupo, these headless portraits of children, soldiers, farmers, etc. play with the tradition of African vernacular studio imagery to present a demographic overview of contemporary Uganda. By shifting the focus from what is normally considered the key element of a portrait - the face - to the poses, clothing and objects, the photographs invite you to piece together the stories hidden in these identity markers and reimagine the surreal biographies of these survivors of sudden and violent change.

About the curator

Martin Guinard-Terrin is an artist and curator, with a background in History of Art and Fine Arts (Concordia, McGill, Central Saint Martins). He has worked at the Palais des Beaux-arts in Paris under the direction of Nicolas Bourriaud. He is currently co-curating an international exhibition called Reset Modernity ! at ZKM I Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe. The project is realised in collaboration with the AIME project, under the direction of the philosopher Bruno Latour.