Is It Morning For You Yet?58th Carnegie International


Sanaa Gateja

Sanaa Gateja (b. 1950 Kisoro; lives in Kampala) is an international artist whose work is dedicated to communities, materials, and traditions, with special concern for sustainable environmental conservation and the eradication of poverty, what Gateja calls Art for Development. He works under the studio name KWETU AFRICA, which translates to “HOME IN AFRICA” in Kiswahili, and his unique approach and method of working require the involvement of community members, whom he trains and employs. Gateja studied interior design in Italy and jewelry design at Goldsmiths in London. His works are held in museums and private collections worldwide and he has exhibited across Africa and outside the continent, including at ARCOlisboa; Cape Town Art Fair; FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg; Art Paris; AKAA Paris; Themes & Variations, London; and the Museum of Art and Design, New York. He has worked as an art consultant for community organizations in Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya, funded by such organizations as the United Nations Development Programme and the Canadian Corporation, among others.

an abstract artwork made from beads
Sanaa Gateja, Soils of life, 2022, paper beads on barkcloth, 60 5/8 x 82 11/16 in., courtesy of Afriart Gallery