Sarah Waiswa | Kenya

“I hope to help change the narrative on Africa by generating dialogue on developing issues as they happen. I am passionate about creating visual poetry and telling stories in the most organic and creative way possible.”

Sarah Waiswa was born in Uganda, and she currently lives and works in Kenya. She graduated in Sociology at the Goethe Institut of Nairobi, Kenya, and in Psychology at the Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY, USA. 

She is a photographer fascinated by the richness of African stories, people, culture and myths. To the artist, the aesthetics of the continent are attuned to color, texture and patterns, which she tries to capture in her work. She is also interested in the formation of the African identity in relation to the past, how it manifests itself in the present and what it will look like in the future.

Having grown up on the continent and educated in the west, the fluidity of her own personal identity on any given day was further compounded by the labels assigned to Africa. After getting her degrees and working in a corporate position for a number of years, Waiswa decided to pursue photography full time. Her desire is to illustrate the plight of various social issues on the continent, in a contemporary and non-traditional way. She hopes to help to change the narrative on Africa by generating a dialogue on developing issues as they happen. 

Group Exhibitions

2022
African Identities, AKKA Project Venice, Venice, Italy

2021
Bristol Photo Festival, Lips Touched with Blood (a collaboration with the Bristol Archives), Bristol, UK 

2020
National Gallery of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

2018
Alliance Française de Nairobi, Kenya
11e of the Rencontres de Bamako, Biennale Africaine de la Photographie National, Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome, Italy

2017
Afrotopia, Bamako, Mali
Regimes of Truth, Lagos, Nigeria
5e Biennale de Lubumbashi, Lubumbashi, DRC
3e Addis Photo Festival, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2016
Frontiers of the Present, Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya
2016 Focus: East Africa, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa
Fashion Cities Africa, Brighton Museum, London, England

2015
TransFORM #1, Afriart Gallery, Kampala, Uganda

Solo Exhibitions

2016
Stranger in a Familiar Land, Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France

Selected Works

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