Gang Kikome and Other Things We Left Behind

Public Art, Uganda National Museum, Kampala 2018


Gang Kikome is the Acholi phrase for ancestral home. The Acholi people (and other people of Northern Uganda) endured 20+ years of conflict. This resulted in millions of people displaced from their ancestral homes and living in settlement camps for years and years, in many cases for over a generation. The objects in the work are items that were used by the inhabitants of the settlement camps but that were left behind once the camps were disbanded. They are artifacts of displacement and war. They each have a specific biography. They are deserving of preservation and reflection. Collectively they tell a story about Uganda’s recent history and yet they are not reflected in the collections or exhibitions in our national museum.


The work has been installed at the national museum, not inside the building, but outside of it in an effort to encourage the museum to reckon with this history.


Installation View, Uganda National Museum.

Gang Kikome and Other Things We Left Behind. Installation View. Uganda National Museum. Bathsheba Okwenje
Gang Kikome and Other Things We Left Behind. Installation View. Uganda National Museum. Bathsheba Okwenje
Gang Kikome and Other Things We Left Behind. Installation View. Uganda National Museum. Bathsheba Okwenje
Gang Kikome and Other Things We Left Behind. Installation View. Uganda National Museum. Bathsheba Okwenje
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Gang Kikome and Other Things We Left Behind. Installation View. Uganda National Museum. Bathsheba Okwenje
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