The Square Place, a premium space on 3rd Street Industrial Area, intent on providing affordable space and opportunity for people in the creative arts, cultures and social enterprise, will on May 6th host the first ever edition of ‘Katogo’.
Katogo is a mixed art experience bringing together various artistic experiences, expressions and conversation on social issues while providing people in the Kampala creative arts, cultures and social enterprise spaces a chance to share their work affordably.
Nahida Bhegani, Founder at The Square commented “We are excited to present Katogo. The first edition of Katogo is a collaboration between Salooni, A Ka Dope and Boutiq Electronique, The Food Library, Definition Africa and Kafunda Kreative. This is a passion project for everyone involved and we are working collectively to create a fusion of experiences.”
1: Salooni; an exhibition and shop launch. Salooni is a multidisciplinary art project that posits black hair practices as systems of knowledge through which culture and survivalist strategies are passed from generation to generation. What practices of self-care and love have been replicated and shared by black girls and women in the styling and braiding of their hair? What collective and individual traumas have we endured and perpetuated as a result of rejection from western hegemonic cultures, and in our own attempts to conform and survive a world in which beauty standards are dictated by Caucasian culture? Created by four Ugandan women, through short film, live art performances, theatre and photography, we will present the ways in which historical memory and ways of being are weaved into the nap of black peoples’ hair. At Katogo, Salooni will exhibit photos taken at The Salooni Experience.
In a comment, Darlyne Komukama said, “Aida Nambi, Darlyne Komukama, Gloria Wavamuno and Kampire Bahana, the ladies behind the Salooni Project, are excited to share with you our most recent photo series continuing our exploration and exaltation of black women’s hair.”
The Salooni exhibition and shop launch will be free of charge to enter, but there will be lots for you to take away. It starts at 2pm.
2: A Ka Dope film screening of sacred water; guided by Vestine, an extravagant star of radio nights, the film discovers Rwandan sexuality in search of the sacred water and reveals with humor and spontaneity the mystery of female pleasure.
“My approach is more anthropological. I didn’t want to make a film in which my point of view was going to control the subject. I was fascinated to discover how an entire country still learned and transmitted these practices. I wanted to film the passing by of that knowledge. Therefore, my main concern was to understand, to listen and to find the right places where these conversations were held.” Commented Olivier Jourdain, the maker of the film.
Sacred water will have 2 screenings, 7pm and 9pm for only Ugx 15,000. Tickets are available at the Definition store at Acacia mall.
3: Boutiq Electroniq; The DoaDoa after party, a rooftop musical gathering featuring a great line up of international DJ’s like Mixhell (Brazil) / Aaron Horn (Uk)/ Mullet Bitch / Dj Kampire (Boutiq/ Ug)/ Dj Moroto Heavy Industries (Boutiq/ Ug). Derek Debru of
Boutique Foundation said “Boutiq Electroniq has been throwing the craziest underground parties in Kampala for years, this year we are closing Doadoa and the first Katogo with a very special line up that will keep the dancers up till the morning”
The After party officially starts at 11pm, and its Ugx 5000 at the door or free if you have a Sacred Water or Doadoa ticket
The first edition of Katogo is definitely one that has something for everyone, if you are a lover of music, film, art, deep conversation and everything in between, this is it.