It’s not the first time that an argument had broken out in my head ‘why didn’t I get in’? Get in the young curator’s workshop at the Berlin Biennale 2014. My rejection placed me in a position of more research about the need to apply, questioning creativity and necessity of applications.
With the need for a cumulative and collective contribution to widening and deepening projects of what is happening in contemporary art and society, I suspect and hope that all of us have experienced a period of rejection for a greater moment of intense change to something on a different scale that is beyond description of what we know.
Robinah Nansubuga is an independent curator in Uganda. She started her artistic career in 2004, working for Ndere cultural centre, Afriart Gallery and then became the curator and gallery manager of Fas Fas art gallery in Kampala up to 2012 after organising several solo & group exhibitions. Nansubuga then became the project manager of 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust, a centre for contemporary art in Kampala. She is the initiator of Ekyoto (bonfire) an independent project that is a discussion platform for critiquing, confronting and storytelling of the Ugandan traditions. Robinah is a voted committee member of Arterial Network Uganda 2014 this is a network to promote and develop arts and culture in Uganda among others.
Whilst being employed by art institutions and through social communication, cultural information and self directed improvement of learning, Robinah has curated exhibitions inside and outside Uganda:
She has facilitated a workshop at the Bayimba Arts Journalism training on visual art, and she is a former participant at the 2013 Independent Curators International workshop in Johannesburg, participant at ‘At work workshop 2014’. She was invited as a conference speaker on heritage at the Yango biennale.
Robinah is currently working on different projects organising an exhibition ‘WHO IS WE?’ questioning identity of the arts and the position of the artists in this identity. She is very much fascinated by the eras of language and she is currently working on more research on what has to be said about language.