Andrea Stultiens (1974, Roermond, The Netherlands) has for a number of years worked in Uganda. There she uncovers historical collections of photographs that she thoroughly researches before making them the basis of her photographic and multimedia installations.
For her Global Imaginations installation, Go Forward, Stultien took inspiration from a list drawn up in the 1930s by a Ugandan chief named Ham Mukasa. The list contained descriptions of images that were intended to illustrate a trilogy of books written by Mukasa about the history of his country. The images, however, never materialised. Together with Ugandan artists and Dutch and Ugandan art history students, Stultiens has finally created images to accompany the stories. The work responds to the question of how you imagine a history for which no images exist, and whether you can even comprehend something that is outside of your frame of reference. For Stultiens this is a key question if we are to exist alongside one another in today’s ‘global village’.
Go Forward is part of a series of works created for Stultiens’ PhDArts course at Leiden University. Stultiens is co-founder of History in Progress Uganda (HIP Uganda) and contributes to the online platform PRICCAPractice – Photography as research. Paralleled with Global Imaginations Framer Framed organized the exhibition Go Forward. Talking back to History.
Andrea Stultiens lives in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and Kampala, Uganda.biography & practice