Wasswa Donald aka WASWAD

Wasswa’s work encourages conversations about the future of mankind looking at the influence of science and technology in modern societies. He studies the process of transformation with his primary focus on humans versus a given environment, social interactions, and the nature of communication involved.

Wasswa uses actual events to influence his research which relies on spontaneous encounters with natural or found objects. These objects are carriers of memories of places that he claims as art materials. The objects later suffer various forms of interference by carving, assembling, and arranging, which result in Sculptures, 3D drawings/paintings, and at times installations. Wasswa imagines the secret lives of man-made objects and how they determine the future of humans.

Wasswa studied Sculpture at Kyambogo University. His practice has evolved to encompass sculpture, drawing, painting, photography, and performance. He was the 2016 recipient of the merit award in the Absa L’Atelier competition. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Uganda and abroad, including Down in Napak, Afriart Gallery, Kampala 2020-21, Zikunta, Kampala, 2016; To Live is to Become, Afriart Gallery, Kampala, 2017; and, in 2019, he participated in the inaugural of the International Biennial of Sculpture of Ouagadougou.

Selected Press:

Bamuturaki Musinguzi for Sqoop: A Stroll Down in Napak. 2021. 

Matt Kayem for Africanah: Waswad on the Future of Men. 2018.

1984 -
Nationality: Ugandan
Residence: Uganda