Darlyne Komukama
Darlyne Komukama is a photographer based in Uganda. Her favourite subjects are her city, Kampala, and the women who call it home. Whether documenting survivors of gendered violence for her project, My Body is a Dictatorship, or underground East African urban nightlife, her eye for tone and emotion has served her impeccably. Salooni, the installation she created alongside 3 other Ugandan women artists has travelled to 3 festivals on the African continent as well as the Africa Utopia festival in the UK. Darlyne’s work has appeared in The Guardian, OkayAfrica, Dynamic Africa, Afripop Mag, and been exhibited at the Uganda Press Photo Awards 2014, Kampala Photo Market 2015, LABA Street Art Festival 2016, Chale Wote Street Art Festival 2016 and Nyege Nyege International Music Festival 2016. She completed an Artist Residency at 32 Degrees East in January, 2017 and also had an exhibition of the photos from Salooni in Kampala in July 2017. Most recently, she participated in an experimental group exhibition as part of the Fakugesi Digital Innovation Festival in Johannesburg in September 2017 and is working on a new installation focused on female rage.
Salooni – Magic in the Garden
These are some of the photos taken by Darlyne Komukama for the second photo series as part of the Salooni project. Salooni is a multidisciplinary art project that posits black hair practices as systems of knowledge through which culture and survivalist strategies are passed from generation to generation. What practices of self-care and love have been replicated and shared by black girls and women in the styling and braiding of their hair? What collective and individual traumas have we endured and perpetuated as a result of rejection from western hegemonic cultures, and in our own attempts to conform and survive a world in which beauty standards are dictated by Caucasian culture? Created by four Ugandan women (Kampire Bahana, Darlyne Komukama, Aida Mbowa, Gloria Wavamunno), through short film, live art performances, theatre and photography, we present the ways in which historical memory and ways of being are weaved into the nap of black peoples’ hair.

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.