Donald Wasswa (Ugandan, b. 1984)

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Donald Wasswa is a Ugandan contemporary artist based in Kampala where he runs Artpunch Studio.

Wasswa’s work encourages conversations about the future of mankind looking at the influence of science and technology in modern societies. He studies the process of transformation with his primary focus on humans versus a given environment, social interactions and the nature of communication involved.

Wasswa uses actual events to influence his research which rely on spontaneous encounters with natural or found objects. These objects are carriers of memories of places that he claims as art materials. The objects later suffer various forms of interference by carving, assembling and arranging, which result into Sculptures, 3D paintings, at times installations. Wasswa imagines the secret lives of man-made objects and how they determine the future humans.

Wasswa studied Sculpture at Kyambogo University. His practice has evolved to encompass sculpture, painting and performance. He was the 2016 recipient of the merit award in the Absa L’Atelier competition. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Uganda and abroad, including: Zikunta, Kampala, 2016; To Live is to Become, Afriart Gallery, Kampala, 2017; and, in 2019, he participated in the inaugural of the International Biennial of Sculpture of Ouagadogou.