Saidi Ali Nasser Sowafy’s paintings immerse audiences in richly symbolic visual representations of 20th-century Ugandan village cultural and social life. Exhibition Curator Tamu Al-Islam chose to title the exhibition Ugandan Splendor: Imagining Home and History based on the artist’s vivid and multi-layered color palette as well as his complex and rich imaginary of societal events impacting those communities.

This solo exhibition represents the first sustained study of this artist in the UAE, and a rare opportunity to see the trajectory of his practice. The exhibition surveys Sowafy’s perspectives on celebrations of birth, harvest, and homecoming; the impact of famine, political conflict, and landmines; as well as questions of postmodern identity.

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