Gulu Real Art Studio
27 March - 25 April 2014
Private View: Wednesday 26 March, 6pm - 8.30pm
Martina Bacigalupo's Gulu Real Art Studio will be her first exhibition in the UK. The show will present an edited selection of 6 x 4 inch prints that the artist found discarded at Obal Denis' studio in Gulu, Uganda. Bacigalupo's collection represents a typological cross-section of Gulu's society today - nurses, soldiers, farmers, teachers, businessmen, nuns, students, mothers and children - defined through poses, clothing and objects. Vivid and diverse, the images extend the tradition of African vernacular studio portraiture, at the same time creating completely unconventional portraits. What remains of the image, after the faces are cut out, heightens the viewer's attention to gesture, and it is through subtle details that other markers of identity reveal themselves.
The photographic work is accompanied by a collection of audio and video interviews of the studio's customers conducted by Bacigalupo. A monograph of Gulu Real Art Studio was published by Steidl in 2013.