The Kaddu Wasswa Archive by photographer Andrea Stultiens is the visual biography of Ugandan Kaddu Wasswa, born in 1933, who played a an important role in his community as a teacher and social worker. What is exceptional about the now 78-year old Wasswa is that he has always documented his activities. He wrote novels, plays and essays, took photographs and collected photos. Additionally, his extensive archive contains letters and newspaper clippings, often with added commentary.
Andrea Stultiens met Kaddu Wasswa in 2008 through his grandson, photographer Arthur C. Kisitu. Together, Stultiens and Kisitu set out to explore Wasswa's archive. She took photographs of the documents to which she added her and Kisitu's own photos which were taken during their meetings. The result is a unique biography in which the author is personally visible as well.
Kaddu Wasswa started his archive in the period when Uganda was seeking independence from Great Britain, its coloniser. The many photos in the archive present a fascinating view of the country Uganda and its inhabitants during the first fifty years of independence, which will be commemorated in 2012. The Kaddu Wasswa Archive preserves the history of a man and tells the story of a country.
Andrea Stultiens does things with photographs. She makes them, collects them, thinks and writes about them. Every now and then some of this gets published in book, exhibition or online. She explores the possibilities of photography and narrative by telling stories that are always related to a specific place or person and also about the medium used.
Andrea Stultiens always starts from a story or a collection of photographs. She researches the nature of the photographs, or the reason of their absence and reacts to that in the images she makes herself. If necessary the photographs are accompanied by text written by Stultiens herself, or author Vrouwkje Tuinman. Invidual photographs are not Stultiens' interest. The relevance of the medium lies for her in the sequence. She therefore prefers to show her work in exhibitions of complete projects and in books.
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