(c) Photo: Devil’s Dog. Twins Seven Seven. Ink & Gouache on Paper. Collection Iwalewahaus
For the first workshop in Bayreuth in January 2016, Junior Researchers Lena Naumann and Siegrun Salmanian did some research on Twins Seven Seven’s artworks in the collection. They gathered information and did a preliminary research on Devil’s Dog (1966) as well as some other selected works, Devil’s Dog (1964), Mama’s Shadow of Life (?), Creative Squared Masks in God’s Diary (2000) and Creative Sketches in God’s Diary (1985). For the international workshop they prepared an Icon Lab Session with the workshop participants, researchers Nadine Siegert, George Kyeyune, Katharina Greven, Yvette Mutumba, as well as Ugochukwu Smooth-Nzewi and Ulf Vierke from the Advisory Board. Some intense hours of the icon lab’s knowledge production and discussion took place at Iwalewahaus and encouraged Lena Naumann to write an object biography on this artwork.
(c) Photo Credit: Wolfgang Günzel. Yvette Mutumba, George Kyeyune and Siegrun Salmanian in the Collection of Weltkulturen Museum with a graphic by Michael Adams
For the duration of one intense month in February 2016, Dr. George Kyeyune (senior researcher, Makerere University) was assisted by Siegrun Salmanian (junior researcher, Iwalewahaus) to explore the Jochen Schneider collection, a collection of modern African art at the Weltkulturenmuseum in Frankfurt. Under the guidance of Dr. Yvette Mutumba, curator of the Africa collections, they scanned through the storage and opened drawers to long forgotten artworks by former Makerere students and Kampala artists. Those works entered the German institutional collection in the late 1990s. Apart from delving into the collection, their research was completed by documentary parts of archival material, such as folders full of papers, old tapes as well as older publications of the museum’s library.