Bathsheba Okwenje

Bathsheba Okwenje

Visiting Fellow

Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa

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Key Expertise
Information Practices, Aesthetic Justice, Archives, Social Practice Art

About me

Bathsheba Okwenje (b.1973) is a Ugandan artist currently living in Rwanda. Her practice involves interdisciplinary research and creation at the intersection of information practices and aesthetics. Her work investigates hidden histories, the interior lives of people and the interactions between them. Bathsheba is interested the convergence of typologies and the archive to communicate her work. She often shows the work at the sites of her research and to audiences often overlooked in the contemporary art field.

Before embarking on her art practice, Bathsheba spent 15 years working with the United Nations on global and regional, rights-based responses to the HIV epidemic and health inequities. Her work has appeared in the streets of Delhi, Gulu, Johannesburg, Kampala, Oslo, Providence and Tromsø; it has been exhibited in community centers and institutions as well as in art shows and galleries around the world. 

Bathsheba is a founding member of the artist collective Radha May. Their most recent show is a solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Milan, Italy. Bathsheba received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and is currently working on an artist book and a radio drama about love in the aftermath of war in Northern Uganda. This will be the focus of her work during the Fellowship.