Geoffrey Mukasa’s father was one of Uganda’s most prominent doctors. He was expected to follow in his father’s footsteps but after the murder of his father during Idi Amin’s coup he left Uganda to study art.
Mukasa travelled to India to take an art degree at Lucknow University, graduating in 1984. In the early 1990s, on returning to Uganda, Mukasa became a key figure in the movement to revive cultural life in Kampala. This cultural movement was seen as a unifying force and an inspiration for the nation’s recovery from years of military dictatorship.
In the absence of classic art materials in Uganda in his early yerars, Mukasa used paper from magazines and other found material to make collages. Later, when art materials were available, he enjoyed painting huge canvases and achieved great success.
His work is widely collected and exhibited, and appears regularly at international auctions.
Art Dubai Modern is devoted to modern art from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, presented by regionally and internationally based galleries. Each exhibitor presents a solo or two-person show, featuring work by modern masters from the twentieth century (up to the year 2000).
Galleries were asked to submit proposals for booth exhibitions by artists whose work has proven highly influential during the twentieth century and on later generations of artists, and are encouraged to focus on a particular period or thematic within an artist’s practice.
Proposals are reviewed by an Advisory Committee, made up of curators and historians with a particular interest in modernist practices of the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The committee discusses each application, basing their final selection on the curatorial strength of the gallery exhibition programme and the gallery’s submitted proposal.
Art Dubai Modern Advisory Committee:
Savita Apte art historian specialising in modern and contemporary South Asian art and former chair of The Abraaj Group Art Prize.
Catherine David renowned curator with an extensive experience in the Middle East, whose exhibitions include Documenta X, currently Deputy Director of the Musée National d’Art Moderne
Kristine Khouri researcher and a writer based in Beirut and co-founder of the History of Arab Modernities in the Visual Arts Study Group
Nada Shabout an art historian specialising in modern Arab and Iraqi art and Consulting Director of Research at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
Bisi Silva renowned curator specialising in modern and contemporray African art and founder/director of Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA,Lagos)