Ekifananyi Kya Muteesa / The King Pictured (by many)

Andrea Stultiens’ Ekifananyi Kya Muteesa / The King Pictured (by many) investigates the social and cultural biography of the first known photograph of a King (Kabaka) of Buganda, the kingdom to which present day Uganda owes its name. The picture was produced by explorer H.M. Stanley in 1875 and, despite its wide adaptation, was not widely known in Uganda at the time Stultiens’ investigation began. This reflective and multifaceted video essay features interviews with a cacophony of contemporary picture-makers narrating their reactions to the original image and details Stultiens’ attempts to recreate the photograph with the current Kabaka.

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