The complete Ebifananyi series, I – VIII are part of Andrea Stultiens’ long-term research project on the concept of ‘ebifananyi’, which means ‘likenesses’ in Luganda.
In each book, she takes a certain Ugandan photographic collection as a starting point for a visual investigation based on close collaboration with other people, photographers and images.
Book 1, 2 and 3; the photographer’s trilogy.
The first three books in the Ebifananyi series form a trilogy. Each one of these books is based on the work of one Ugandan photographer and tries to show the diversity within and between their respective practices.
Book 5, 6, and 7; on the relationship between photographic documentation, education and what can be known.
Book 5, 6 and 7 in the series have brown covers. They all dealing with the roles photographs play in documentation, education and ideas about the generation of knowledge in colonial and post-colonial Uganda.
Book 4 and 8; on the first appearance and nature of photographic pictures in Uganda.
The two books in the Ebifananyi series with (light and dark) blue covers bring forth the conceptual relationship between photographs and other two-dimensional likenesses. They also consider the relationship between photographs and documented and undocumented histories.
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.
Photography:Andrea Stultiens, Deo Kyakulagira, Musa Katuramu, Elly RwakomaDesign:Andrea Stultiens, Marloes de LaatOther people:Canon Griffin
Printing:Tienkamp, Groningen (NL)Publisher(s):Ydoc / Paradox, HIPUganda