Ebifananyi #1

The Photographer - Deo Kyakulagira

Andrea Stultiens


softcover10.5 x 14.5256 pp.English
ISBN 97890821822002014

Deo Kyakulagira (1940-2000) lived for his family and photography. He operated several studios from the early 1970s until his untimely death in 2000. He worked for the Ministry of Agriculture and for the Department of Medical Illustration of Mulago Hospital. Deo Kyakulagira did not exhibit his work during his lifetime. Like many of his colleagues he was not recognised as an author for the work he did.

In Ebifananyi 1 the reader gets to know Deo Kyakulagira through the likenesses he produced of himself, and the way he documented the world around him, partly as a father, partly as a professional photographer. Stories told by family members and others remembering the studio Deo ran in the 1980s and 90s named Central Art Studio Ltd give an idea of the context in which Deo Kyakulagira’s most succesful business operated and developed.

  • Andrea Stultiens is not completely at ease with calling herself a photographer, or an artist. Instead she describes herself as someone doing things with photographs. She makes them, collects them, looks at them, thinks and writes about them. Sometimes she makes the results of this visible for the rest of the world online, in books or in exhibitions. All of this is aimed at telling relevant stories about the way we relate to others and how we deal with what we consider to be our own culture.

    Next to the mostly self-initiated projects Stultiens also teaches at the BFA program of Academy Minerva in Groningen, where she is also the head of the research group PRICCAPractice that investigates the use of photographs in artistic practices. The Ebifananyi book series and the exhibitions connected to it is the artistic output of her practice based research at PhDArts / Leiden University.

  • Text(s):Andrea Stultiens
    Photography:Deo Kyakulagira, Andrea Stultiens
    Design:Andrea Stultiens, Marloes de Laat
  • Printing:Drukkerij Tienkamp
    Publisher(s):Ydoc / Paradox, HIPUganda