Samantha Babiiha Kabahuma

Uganda - Visual Art

Samantha Babiiha Kabahuma


Samantha Babiiha Kabahuma

  • AGE : 27
  • COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE : UGANDA
  • CITY : KAMPALA
  • ARTISTIC DISCIPLINE : VISUAL ART, SOCIAL DESIGN
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The artist

A few words about your artistic journey

Growing up, the experiences within my family and friends ; and moments within my life became the bases of great beauty and significance. They enriched my journey as an artist through self-expression and later on, self-discovery.

How long have you been an artist ?

I have been an artist since I was a kid ; thus, for 18 years now.

Why did you apply for this grant ? How will the grant support you ?

I have always had a dream of being a socially impactful fashion designer. The grant will provide me opportunity to create concepts and bring life to ideas I have dreamt of and to connect with the global community. It provides me a kickstart for my dream to come alive.

What are your concrete artistic objectives after this residency ?

- Expression of art through fashion for the consumption of others
- Inspire & encourage others to look positively & creatively to the beautiful things through fashion
- Connect globally through fashion

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Her residency

What did you achieve during this creative residency ? What is the result (created work) ? Who was involved in the creation process ?

The creative residency took me on a journey of self-discovery through the way I had to express myself by being patient, resilient and push myself to greater heights. I created three garments that reflected the past, present and future of people’s behaviours as an effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic. These three garments are titled ; Flashback (Past), Silence (Present – Lockdown and Quarantine) and Renaissance (Future). There were three creative colleagues that were involved in the creation process.

How do you think these activities contribute to a reflection on today’s world, in relation to the COVID-19 crisis, and/or on the shaping of the future ?

Under “Renaissance”, it’s now more imperative for the fashion industry to have sustainability initiatives since it is one of the main polluters in the world. A lot of clothes end up in landfills and thus, release dangerous toxins into the environment. The COVID-19 crisis should help change the world’s mindset to embrace eco-friendly habits like recycling and upcycling, creation of good quality garments that can be worn in different styles and so on. This will build a sustainable future for us to co-exist with nature.

How did you feel during the residency ? And at the end of it ?

I enjoyed my residency as I spent my days researching and being devoted to the work while at home. Now, at the end, I am grateful to have been part of it as it has given me an opportunity to creatively express myself more.
I was able to create my work as I imagined it. I found a few setbacks and that prompted me to do more research and also inquire from other artists. Thus, I an satisfied with the outcome

Her artwork

Paracletus

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Flashback

Samantha Babiiha Kabahuma - Flashback

Silence

Samantha Babiiha Kabahuma - Silence

Renaissance

Samantha Babiiha Kabahuma - Renaissance