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Within the framework of the agreement with Africa Centre (South Africa), and this year with the support from The African Arts Trust (Kenia), Jiwar collaborates since three years in the AIR project in which 8 creators are selected from around 400 artist candidatures of every discipline who live and work in any country of Africa.

This year Jiwar has selected COLLIN SEKAJUGO (Uganda-Rwanda) ans TAMRAT GEZAGHANE GERO (Ethiopia, he will arrive on May at Barcelona).

COLLIN SEKAJUGO is a committed visual artist who cannot understand creation without the relationship with the community.

Responding to his concern of connection with the society, Collin has created in few years two reference spaces at Great Lakes Africa (Rwanda and Uganda)

The centre IVUKA ARTS, at Kigali (Rwanda) works since 6 years ago to build a community which through arts lets obtain to the young artists the needed competences, structure and visibility in order to become the new generation of agents and cultural ambassadors from their country.

Link article at New York Times:

 WEAVER BIRD, situated at Masaka city outskirts (Uganda) has been the first art and communitary tourism centre of the region, seting itself up as a bridge between the artístic creation and the community. The actions for the communitary development that have been started from Weaver Bird have been many: Camp Ndegeya Sculpture Park, a sculptures park given by local artists, Ndege Ya Akili centre which takes in youngsters to give them the needed tools and practices to find their own artístic habilities and that way opening new working perspectives, an international residence for artists and the Cochico Lib bookstore which encourages reading to the children of the community.

Jiwar couldn’t do better than choosing the profile of this man who answers clearly to a shared philosophy of compromise with the sorroundings and of retrospective and feeding dialogue.

More about Collin:

Interview in Núvol (Catalan):


“The role of art in Africa’s development”

Monday the 14th of March at 7 p.m.

Biblioteca Vila de Gràcia. C. Torrent de l’Olla, 104

In English with translation into Catalan.

“The role of art in Africa’s development”

Friday, the 18th of March at 7p.m.

Llibreria Altaïr. Espai Cafeteria.

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 616

In English with translation

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