Discovering Sarah Waiswa, a Ugandan photographer
Sarah Waiswa is a Ugandan documentary and portrait photographer born in Kampala. Through her work, she endeavors to tell the African story differently: it is the hidden face of the minorities and stigmatized populations that she reveals to the world thanks to her photography.
The Ugandan photographer Sarah Waiswa was born in Kampala some years back. She decided to leave the company she was working for in order to concentrate on her passion for photography.
“It was one of the hardest/easiest decisions I ever made but it feels great to do what I am passionate about,” writes the artist on her website.
Sarah Waiswa is a Ugandan documentary and portrait photographer born in Kampala. Through her work, she endeavors to tell the African story differently: it is the hidden face of the minorities and stigmatized populations such as the Albinos that she reveals to the world thanks to her photography. It was the subject of exhibition in France this summer at the Arles International Photography Festival.
Her exhibition entitled, “stranger in a familiar land” depicts, like in a troublesome and sweet dream, the harsh reality of the daily life of the Albinos in Africa. In Tanzania for example, the Albinos are killed for their body parts which, according to superstition, has supernatural powers. Despite the dramatic aspects of the stories told by the artist, her photos take on an offbeat and intoxicating look at the developments in contemporary Africa. This year at Arles, her worked earned her the 2016 Discovery Prize.
Portrait, “stranger in a familiar land”
Founded in 1970 by the photographer Lucien Clergue, writer Michel Tournier and historian Jean-Maurice Rouquette, the Arles International Photography Festival receives more than 193 000 visitors each year. This festival also provides the opportunity to participate in photography training, debates and conferences, and meet artists from around the world.
Sarah Waiswa with President François Hollande