As I'm continuing on with interesting, positive ideas … I'd spotted this article, and having decided that it's my continuance #WATWB Hmb#1 post … I thought I'd better find out more … and am found lamentable.
Martin Senkubuge, from Uganda, is a young very talented artist … particularly adept at painting skin tones … displays the beauty of every skin in his drawings, using art to fight the stigma that surrounds vitiligo ...
... he is a hyperrealism artist, some of his works are identical to the photography that inspires them.
|An example of Vitiligo
Vitiligo is a skin condition, caused by lack of melanin pigment, which leads to white patches on the skin or hair …
… understandably it can cause considerable emotional distress, particularly if it develops during childhood.
|Martin showing a sponsor his art piece of
Isaac Kyoyeta, an events manager, in Kampala
I was shocked to learn that Michael Jackson had Vitiligo … I'd no idea … but I don't spend my time reading about celebrities – I'll skip usually, occasionally scan, information if it catches my eye … I knew Jackson had skin problems – but had no idea why … shame on me …
|Isaac Kyoyeta's 'portrait'
Senkubuge having realised (see story in article link), decided to find out more, and thus about Vitiligo …
This knowledge affected Senkubuge … he now researches more, before he makes a judgement about an aspect of life. (He was judged and found wanting, as I'd been ... on reading about the artist himself) …
Charcoal, Acrylic, Fabric and
Sand on Canvas (2020)
This 73 year old barrister - too young
to retire! supports artists and fights
for the rights of the uneducated and
less privileged in our societies.
In September 2019, he founded the Part of Us Initiative, a visual campaign of creating awareness about the Vitiligo skin condition and other humanitarian causes in Uganda, Africa and the rest of the world – it's on Facebook, which I don't do …
The main objective is to visually amplify and raise Vitiligo voices, fight against stereotypes and stigma, and embrace Vitiligo as a natural and normal skin condition … getting the word out will help.
|Eve Atukunda, 31, who has had
Vitiligo since a child, was drawn by
Martin Senkubuge for an exhibition
to tackle the stigma of the condition.
I'm sure we will all be more aware of that condition … and be more empathetic in our approach to life …
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In this magazine article - you can read Martin Senkubuge's story ... and find the colourful side of Vitigilo - Monitor Magazine, Uganda.
|Goethe-Zentrum - Centre for Art and Media
In 2019, his Vitiligo art project won a small grant worth $560 from Goethe-Zentrum Kampala after his concept was considered as unique and brilliant.
Since 2020, he has been running a campaign of inclusiveness for the pride of people living with Vitiligo in Uganda.
His inaugural Vitiligo Art Exhibition, Part of Us, was held last year at Goethe Zentrum Kampala's office – it was a showcase of his Vitiligo Art Project.
Daily Art Magazine on Martin Senkubuge ...
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