(c) Photo Credit: Lena Naumann. Sculpture by Susanne Wenger, Oshun Grove, Oshogbo.
In early May 2016, junior researcher Lena Naumann (Iwalewahaus) did a three-week research trip to Nigeria to explore the Nigerian contemporary art scene as well as to track some traces of art objects out of the collection Iwalewahaus. One intention of the trip was also, to eventually fill partly missing information about networks between the collectors and teachers and artists like Muraina Oyelami, Twins Seven Seven, Bruce Onobrakpeya or Nike Davies-Okundaye. After a one week trip to Oshogbo, where Naumann visited the Oshun-Oshogbo Sacred Groves and did research on the Austrian artist and later Yoruba-Priestess Susanne Wenger and the New Sacred Art Movement, she stayed in Iragbiji to visit the Egungun Masquerade Festival and did Interviews with several artists. Back in Lagos, she was accompanied by the artist Ndidi Dike who showed her trough the landscape of the contemporary local art scene.
(c) Photo: Martha Kazungu working in the Graphic Collection of Iwalewahaus.
Martha Kazungu (BA, Makerere University) came for two months from April to June 2016 to learn and work at Iwaleawhaus as an intern, before she will proceed with her MA studies at the University in Bayreuth in autumn. During her stay, she did some research and archival work in the collection. While the focus lay on expertise in storing, preserving and working with the graphic collection, she could already participate in courses of art and curatorial studies, and got a chance to work on one object biography on a painting by Nigerian artist Demas Nwoko. Her stay also facilitated coordination concerning the second research workshop in Kampala. Thus, Martha Kazungu already got well integrated within the dense structures of the research project.
(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.