Recycling art exhibition finally here

02:39 by Kaggwa Andrew
Ever shocked by the beauty of toilet paper rolls, or saw the chicken formed by the egg shells, or witnessed coolest lion made by tires?
At the beginning of the entire process, recycled art is not something beautiful, its messy and involves all those disposed off materials like, polythen, metals, plastic and cloth.
Much as the kind of art has always been big elsewhere, in Uganda, its yet to become a hit.
In November 2013 Africa arts Kollective under their project; Garbage collectors brought together a group of Ugandan visual artistes to help clean the city.
The first of the kind project saw renowned artistes; Nabukenya Hellen, Ronex Rugazu, Sandra Suubi and Xenson Ssenkabba involve communities helping them clean up their environment.
Garbage collection points were established at supermarkets, bars and religious centers like Watoto Central.
During the process, the artistes also talked to communities about the importance of keeping an healthy and clean environment.
Though, as the collection was on going, artistes arranged the garbage as raw material to be used for their creations – uganda’s own recycled art.
The artistes have made a huge statement about ways in which we waste , by reusing materials that would otherwise be thrown away into trapping our landfills or polluting our lakes.
On March 28th at the Uganda museum from 10am, the three month process will culminate into an art exhibition where artists will showcase art and creations from the recycled trash.
The garbage collectors' project seeks to leverage art as a solution to real world issues, in this instance waste disposal and environmental conservation.
This showcase will be followed by an exhibition tour in community spaces, art galleries and
Universities between the 29th of March and 30th of April.
According to Ann Kirya, one of the project coordinators, the vision is to engage and challenge people to think beyond the ordinary and find new ways to conserve the environment.
“We also seek to position artists as agents of change and hope to have more artists joining the project,” she says.
Kirya adds that this kind of art is not only something that entertains you or for the artist makes to make living; it also presents to you a great lesson: do not underestimate the power of even rubbish.


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