Ebifananyi by Andrea Stultiens
Ebifananyi is the title of a series of eight publications by Andrea Stultiens.
The noun Ebifananyi is derived from the verb Kufanana, and means to be similar to. It’s the Luganda word for photographs, but also for drawings and paintings, placing emphasis on their qualities as likenesses.
Each book is centered around one Ugandan photo collection, exploring its cultural context.
Here is the list of books :
1-The Photographer, Deo Kyakulagira.
2-People Poses Places, Musa Katuramu.
3-All the Tricks, Elly Rwakoma.
4-Forward Ever Backward Never, Simuda Nyuma, based on images by Ham Mukasa.
5-Uhuru minor Accidents, Eng.M.W. Wambwa.
6-Dive into the Deep, Duc in Altum, St.Mary’s College Kisubi.
7-Staying Alive, documenting Uganda Cancer Institute
8-The King Pictured, Ekifananyi Kya Muteesa, by many.
These collections are dead until their content is handled by people who connect it with present day realities.
In 2011 Andrea Stultiens and artist Canon Griffin initiated the platform HIPUganda. They aim at digitalizing photographic material in Uganda to prevent the loss of historical collections, which are often threatened by challenging conservational circumstances. Furthermore, they aim to bring the collections to live by connecting their content to audiences.
Since both founders are also image makers and not archivists or conservators, they developed visual strategies to engage with the digitized material.
-Exhibition :For the very first time, the complete Ebifananyi-series by Andrea Stultiens will be on show. From 27 October 2017 – 18 February 2018 the photo collections based on several Ugandan archives are presented at FOMU in Antwerp (BE).
-Review on hardhoofd.com blog “Geschiedenis in ontwikkeling”.
-Review on nevender.com blog “Ebifananyi 6: Duc in Altum – Dive into the Deep – St.Mary’s College Kisubi”
-Conversation with Sunil Shah on americansuburbx blog