Picturing Idi Amin: Photographs from the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation

Richard Vokes (Curator/Producer)

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    Idi Amin was the subject of hundreds of thousands of photographs over the course of his eight years as president of Uganda (1971-79). It had been thought that these photographs created by the official photographers from the Ministry of Information were lost to posterity. However, in 2015, Richard Vokes, working with Winston Agaba and Malachai Kabaale at the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) in Kampala, uncovered a filing cabinet full of 70,000 lost photographic negatives from the Amin years.

    In 2018, the UBC, in partnership with University of Western Australia and the University of Michigan, launched a project to digitise this important collection, and to bring it into public view both in Uganda, and throughout its Diasporas. Picturing Idi Amin brings together a selection of images and audio-visual materials from this work to try to make sense of what happened during the Amin years, and to forge shared understandings for the future.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationPerth, Australia
    PublisherLawrence Wilson Art Gallery
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2020
    EventPicturing Idi Amin: Photographs from the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation - Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth, Australia
    Duration: 22 Oct 202014 Nov 2020


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