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KLA ART is Kampala’s contemporary art festival.  Throughout the month of October 2014, the festival showcased contemporary artists from Uganda and Uganda’s neighbouring countries to the public.   KLA ART 014's theme was Unmapped; who are the unheard voices of our cities? How can we represent and celebrate the unseen urban-dweller?


The festival was made up of three areas:


Taking place at Kampala Railway Station, the festival exhibition showcased a selection of artists from Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, DRC and Rwanda; five Ugandan curators, with South African curator Gabi Ngcobo's curatorial advisory, worked with the artists to unearth, challenge and represent the unmapped, unplanned and unheard artisan traders of these countries’ major cities.  The exhibition consisted of newly commissioned work, created in Kampala specifically for KLA ART 014.


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The Boda Boda Project was a selection of twenty Ugandan artists who created artworks in, on or with a boda boda motorcycle taxi; an iconic element of Kampala-life.

The boda bodas drove together through the city of Kampala, stopping at one key location each day to set up a unique temporary exhibition space.

The boda boda became a vehicle to showcase the latest works of Ugandan artists; mapping the city, engaging directly with the public and showcasing the new and unseen ideas of Uganda’s contemporary artists.


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An open studios network running throughout the festival allowed visitors to travel across Kampala on a KLA ART 014 matatu to ‘Unmap’ artworks, ideas and creations by Ugandan artists direct from their studio.


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