Oil and spraypaint on canvas, 40x50cm.
On saturday the 8:th of march we celebrate the International Women’s Day. In honor of this, and also as an act to support Ugandas LGBT people, I made a portrait of Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera. Kasha is an leading LGBT activist from Uganda. After reading about her and seen her in different documentaries I am very impressed by her, and her actions inspire me.
Quote from wikipedia: “Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera is the founder and executive director of an LGBT rights organization called Freedom & Roam Uganda (FARUG). and 2011 recipient of the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.. According to Michelle Kagari of Amnesty International, the award “recognises Nabagesera’s tremendous courage in the face of discrimination and violence against LGBT people in Uganda. Her passion to promote equality and her tireless work to end a despicable climate of fear is an inspiration to LGBT activists the world over ..”
This is her facebook page: Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera were she posts important updates about the situation in Uganda. Watch this video also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHUJCsupPfU. I contacted her and asked her if she thought it was a good idea for me to do this and she was very positive about it, which made my day.
I hope you have read about the situation for LGBT people in Uganda, otherwize you can read about the new aweful and absurd law here, also you can google it and/or find petitions and vote against it for example All Outs Petition. The painting will be available for purchase on saturday and beyond and all the money will go to Queer Youth Uganda. Our studio collective are gathering money for this as well and are having a party on saturday and the portrait will hang during the event at Taket, Göteborg, Sweden.
Happy International Women’s Day in advance everybody! :)