Rwandan Art – A Brighter Future with Recycled Objects

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Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga (translated: To Create, To See, To Learn) is an expression-focused, public art project using visual and street arts to address social issues in Rwanda. Its aim is to further the world of Rwandan Art. Read more about the initiative here.

 

Rwandan art by Ntagaran Djamal

Rwandan art by Ntagaran Djamal

 

Ntagaran Djamal is a mixed media artist that uses recycled and up-cycled objects, especially seeds from local fruits and vegetables, and personal objects that are no longer in use, such as old shoes, clothes, and cigarettes packets, to make art. Djamal’s art is always focused on sharing a message, showing others that they can share their life through their artwork.

For Djamal, art is a way to help others, a platform to share his vision as an artist with other members of society. Below is his story.

 

My Entry into Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga

I had heard about Kurema and had seen the different public works of Rwandan art they had created, but back then I didn’t know much about the team, or how big it was. Earlier this year, I happened to discover the team at work, painting in Kacyiru, Kigali, and asked if I could join.

I immediately felt well received and welcomed. I felt like I could be a part of it in a bigger way, since the work aligns with my long-term vision of using my own art for reaching out to the public. I really feel that this is something important for the world of Rwandan art.

Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga means a lot to me. It encourages me; I can see my future with it. I love creating art through a public platform, and the movement provides a great opportunity for doing that. Kwiga, the act of learning, is the most important aspect of this. It is the starting point for everything we want to do in our lives.

 

Rwandan art by Ntagaran Djamal

Rwandan art by Ntagaran Djamal

 

Building a More Colourful Rwanda with Rwandan Art

The different projects of Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga encourage people in a range of ways. Both the messages written on the walls, as well as the act of creating together, inspire young people to feel more creative and encourages them to create art in Rwanda.

I recently met someone, and when I told them about our work, he was so excited to learn that this Rwandan art movement is happening that he changed all of his public profiles (on Facebook, WhatsApp, etc.) to pictures of our artworks!

This makes me excited, knowing that he loves what we are doing. It is stories like these that help us know that people are very encouraged and interested in having a more colourful Rwandan art world.

In the next five years, all of us want to see more jobs and opportunities for artists and more general acceptance of Rwandan art among its people. We want Rwandans to understand what art is, and to desire it in their lives, and in turn to further expand economic opportunities for people.

By getting more and more young people exposed to the world of Rwandan art, and encouraged to create better art themselves, I have no doubt that Kurema will help bring a brighter future to the Rwandan art world.

 

 

Biography

Djamal is a 27 year old Rwandan artist with a passion for creating mixed media artworks out of recycled and found objects. His private art practice is based out of Uburanga Arts Studio in Kigali.

 

Interview and Photography credit: Judith Kaine for Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga