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Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa | Promised Lands
10 October 2019 until 24 November 2019
Promised Lands, a film by artist and researcher Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa, comes to Collective, Edinburgh this Autumn. In her films and installations Emma examines differing worldviews in the wake of colonialism in east Africa.
The work is a fragmentary, essayistic meditation on (among other things) art, fact, fiction, memory, rights to land, place and displacement that marks the culmination of a substantial body of work collectively entitled Uganda in Black and White(2011-2014).
It features the voices of the artist, her uncle Patrick Wanambwa and Theodor Hertzka, a 19th century Austro-Hungarian economist, who was one of many Europeans who tried to establish a utopian settlement (“Freeland”) in East Africa. It also makes reference to the thousands of European refugees who found sanctuary in Africa during World War II and to the violent ongoing realities of internal and external displacement. In reflecting on the relationship(s) between representation, power, projection and possession, the artist’s own role is called into question.
Collective will be working with Emma during 2020 as part of our Constellations Programme, which is a series of research-based projects that aim to bring people together and develop ideas. This programme provides opportunities for artists to engage with our locality and consider new ways to question and to bring people together.