“I often go back to artisanal practices of weaving, plaiting, braiding, printing etc. to fill any gaps. This reinforces the relationships I share with my subjects, embedding a bit of my history in each piece”
Pamela Enyonu was born in 1985 in Kampala, Uganda where she still currently livesand works.
She studied Art and Design at the Kyambogo University Banda of Kampala, Uganda. Her artistic career started in 2017 with a 3 months residency at 32 degrees East, in Kampala, where she navigated the politics of identity, trauma, and healing. After her residency, she was invited to host a solo exhibition in June 2017. Another artist’s residency in Paris, France, followed in 2020, on the occasion of Africa 2020.
Pamela’s style is inspired by stories, materials, and the process it takes to transform them into works of art. Her works present a tactile and 3-dimensional quality that richly layered textures exploring narratives on gender, identity, empowerment, and self-awareness.
Pamela is particularly interested in the “untokenized” experiences occupying the
intersection of empowerment, mental health, and identity. She continuously engages with the different communities through collaborations, workshops and seminars.
Pamela Enyonu has been chosen to undertake the AKKA Project Venice Artist’s Residency Program in 2022.
Africa 2020, Paris, France
32 degrees East, Kampala, Uganda
AKAA Fair, Paris, France
WopArt 2022, Lugano, Switzerland
UnFair, Milan, Italy
Selected solo exhibitions:
Seat at the table, Digital exhibition
Ego Precis, Extracts of awareness, 32 degrees East, Kampala, Uganda
Selected group exhibitions:
East meets East, New Gallery Artists’, Jerusalem, Israel
Knowledge Art and Networking Festival (Kan), Arusha, Tanzania
Riac, Leas Artelier SAHM + French Institute Brazzaville, Congo
Future Africa Visions in Time, Makerere University Gallery, Kampala, Uganda
I have a dream, Africa Center, New York, New York, USA
Segou Art 2019, Segou, Mali
Possibilities: Design edition, Afriart Gallery, Kampala, Uganda