People Poses Places – Musa Katuramu
In People Poses Places Stultiens focusses on teacher, carpenter and cattle keeper Musa Katuramu (1916-1983). From the late 1930s he started to make portraits of family and friends with a simple box camera, using the Western Ugandan landscape as a backdrop. Nevertheless, Katuramu was one of the few who owned a camera and knew the people posing and their world. Most camera owners were outsiders such as missionaries or colonists. It makes his portraits remarkably intimate. Katuramu’s archive was carefully stored by his son Jerry Bagonza. The archive consists of roughly 1500 negatives and 750 prints that have never been shown before. The book is composed of archival images that alternate with contemporary photographs made by Andrea Stultiens and her colleague Canon Griffin, who grew up in the same region as Katuramu.
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 StultiensPhotography:Musa Katuramu, Andrea Stultiens, Rumanzi CanonDesign:Andrea Stultiens, Marloes de LaatOther people:Canon Griffin
Printing:Drukkerij TienkampEdition:1stPublisher(s):Ydoc / Paradox, HIPUganda