“I often go back to artisanal practices of weaving, plaiting, braiding, printing etc. to fill any gaps. This reinforces the relationships I share with my subjects, embedding a bit of my history in each piece”
Pamela Enyonu was born in 1985 in Kampala, Uganda, where she currently lives and works.
She studied Art and Design at the Kyambogo University Banda of Kampala, Uganda.
Her artistic career started in 2017 with a 3 months residency at 32 degrees East; here she navigated the politics of identity, trauma, and healing. After the residency, she was invited to host a solo exhibition in June 2017 and ever since she has been exhibiting in solo and group shows.
Pamela’s style is inspired by stories that deal with Ugandan women and their experiences; she uses different materials and is interested in the process it takes to transform them into works of art. Her works present a tactile and 3-dimensional quality, richly layered textures exploring narratives on gender, identity, empowerment and self-awareness.
Pamela is particularly interested in the “untokenized” experiences occupying the intersection of empowerment, mental health and identity.
Two years after participating in the residency for Africa 2020 in Paris, France, in 2022 she has been chosen to undertake the AKKA Project Venice Artist’s Residency Program in Venice, Italy and Pro Helvetia in Zurich, Switzerland.
She continuously engages with the different communities through collaborations, workshops and seminars.