The Dining Room contradicts space and its influence on behavior. It interrogates what happens when the elements of social graces are juxtaposed with spaces reserved for private activities. How do the values of honesty and modesty transform when a learning environment changes from a four-walled classroom to a wild garden? The garden suits nakedness and connectedness with nature and ones inner self better than the classroom. Nakedness is the natural state of being, it levels social inequality and forces us to look at each other alike. Society teaches us how to and judge the world. When we challenge this knowledge by adopting new perspectives, our creativity is sparked.
Violet Nantume is a graduate of the Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts, Makerere University where she majored in jewelry making and Ugandan Contemporary Art History. She has been an art manager in Kampala for the past 3 years. Nantume was an Assistant Art Department Coordinator at the recently concluded Queen of Katwe Film Production, a Disney Walt Production. She is currently focused on building a curatorial career while keeping her artistic expression alive through drawing, painting and sculpture.
Nantume recently organized the first ever major art auction in Uganda, Kampala Art Auction August 2015 (http://www.kampalaartauction.com)
She worked as an intern with the curatorial team at Dak’Art Biennale 2014 and was the chair curatorial committee and co-curated the Kampala Contemporary Art Festival 2014 (http://klaart.org/). She has also curated an art space at the International Women’s Day celebration 2013, in which the public collectively painted a mural on the “Past, present and future of the Independent Woman.” Together with Robinah Nansubuga she co-curated the Art Competition exhibition for “The National CSO Fair 2013.” Following participation as a curator in the Global Crit Clinic and 3rd International Art program held in Accra Ghana, with a grant from Arts Collaboratory in which she co-curated A History of Ghana In the last five weeks; in culmination of the Asiko Art School 2013. She co- facilitated (co-curated ‘Know Go Zone” art project) a Bayimba Curatorial Workshop 2013 led by South African curator, Gabi Ngcobo.