Ugandan Photographer Sarah Waiswa Wins Prestigious Recontres d’Arles 2016 Discovery Award

Sarah Waiswa snags the Recontres d’Arles 2016 Discovery Award for her project that sheds light on the challenges those with albinism face.

Ugandan-born, Nairobi-based photographer Sarah Waiswa recently won the Recontres d’Arles 2016 Discovery Award for her photography project: “
Stranger in Familiar Land.”

The documentary and portrait photographer clinched the competitive and prestigious prize in Arles, France. Ethiopian photographer and contemporary artist Aida Muluneh presented Waiswa with the prize for her work.

“[Stranger in Familiar Land] groups together various portraits of an albino woman set against the backdrop of the Kibera slums, which are a metaphor for my turbulent vision of the outside world. This series illustrates the life of an albino who is forced to face challenges emanating from both the sun and society,” Waiswa says in her project statement.

Speaking on the photographer’s offering, Muluneh says in an official statement:

“Sarah’s approach to photography is one of the curious gaze that reflects the complexities of her surroundings and of a continent that is still captured by others through a lens which perpetuates clichés.”

Have a look at  Waiswa's "Stranger in a Familiar Land" below:

'Stranger in a Familiar Land' by Sarah Waiswa.

'Stranger in a Familiar Land' by Sarah Waiswa.

'Stranger in a Familiar Land' by Sarah Waiswa.

'Stranger in a Familiar Land' by Sarah Waiswa.

'Stranger in a Familiar Land' by Sarah Waiswa.

'Stranger in a Familiar Land' by Sarah Waiswa.

'Stranger in a Familiar Land' by Sarah Waiswa.

'Stranger in a Familiar Land' by Sarah Waiswa.

The summer photography festival started in 1970 by Arles photographer Lucien Clergue, and the Discovery Award is given to a photographer or an artists using photography whose work has recently been discovered or deserves to be.

News Brief

Kiss Between Interracial Couple on South African Soap Opera Sparks Outrage

A kiss between two characters from different races has left racist viewers shook.

According to News24, a kiss shared between two characters in an interracial relationship on the Afrikaans South African soap opera, 7de Laan, has upset some of its faithful viewers.

Keep reading... Show less

Watch New Ambitiouz Entertainment Signee Sibu Nzuza’s Latest Music Video For ‘5 Minutes’

Watch Sibu Nzuza's latest music video.

Sibu Nzuza is the latest artist to join South African popular indie label Ambitiouz Entertainment. The artist, who hails from KZN, was announced sometime last year and released the single "5 Minutes."

The song's visuals stick to the song's lyrics; they show Sibu struggling to strike a balance between devoting himself to his work and spending enough time with his woman.

Keep reading... Show less
Still taken from uMama trailer.

In Conversation: Zakes Mda on No Story Being too Taboo or Sacred to Tell

The legendary South African writer on storytelling, losing Bra Hugh Masekela and his hopes for South Africa

Zakes Mda, endearingly referred to as Bra Zakes, is a South African literary giant. He is the exemplar "jack of all trades, master of all"—a professional 'dabbler' as he refers to it. An accomplished novelist, playwright, poet and painter, he has written close to two dozen novels thus far, including the beloved Little Suns, Ways of Dying and The Heart of Redness. He is extremely hilarious as an individual and never afraid to speak his glorious mind. Case in point:

"Some random guy claims he has lost all respect for me because I hold a different view from his on a specific issue. I'm trying hard to recall what his respect has done for me lately or ever did."
Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox