Up In arms 2017/18

Created by Anna-Maria Nabirye & Annie Saunders, 2018

Up In Arms is manifesto to our and my work as feminist activists, creative collaborators, black and white women respectively, individual artists and most importantly friends. The piece stands on the shoulders of the relationships like feminists Dorothy Pitman-Hughes and Gloria Steinem iconically captured by photographer Dan Wynn in 1971 for Esquire Magazine. Using ritual, photography and immersive theatre practice to create a safe place for intimate conversation that opens a space for radical social change.

 


NO WORD FOR PIER IN LUSOGA 2018

Written and Directed Anna-Maria Nabirye 2018

DOP: ARCHIE LAUCHLAN, SOUND DESIGN: SOUNDING OFF UK, SOUND RECORDIST: TONY FOX

For me My idea of a Pier is: an out stretched hand to nature. It’s wood and metal and rust. It’s improbable. Vulnerable. Not suited to its surroundings. It’s a risk. It’s summer lounging and views to turquoise seas. It’s olden days and long summer nights. It’s romance. And solitude. It’s a beacon calling me every time I leave my house. It’s history and Hendrix and rock and roll. It’s cream teas and ice creams and fish and chips. It’s jazz on a Sunday with friends no longer here. It’s downward dog and warrior pose. It’s so so so British. I asked my mum what the word in Lusoga for pier is? Lusoga is my ancestral language from Uganda. She said there is no translation. It’s looking, looking, looking out and seeing, seeing sky and sea and birds and life and perspective. It’s big and strong and spindly. It ash and tar and burn marks. It’s photo booths. Memories made Memories forgotten.

It’s a long inhale, then a long exhale.


The school of uganglish at MBE Yinka Shonibare's Guest Projects Africa 2014

With AFRORETRO my creative fashion and cultural empowerment company we fought off tough competition to be awarded a one month residency at MBE Yinka Shonibare's Guest Projects Africa Studio in East London. We took over the studio creating an UpCycled creative Uganglish haven. We held UpCycling workshops, Mini-Make workshops,   we commissioned musicians to create their own Uganglish sound, we held a Ugang-Banese supper club and ended the residency with our first UpCycled Catwalk Collection. See highlights from our Graduation styled last night event below. 


THE SCAR (EXTRACT) 2018/19

CO-DIRECTED:ANNA-MARIA NABIRYE | NOOR AFSHAN MIRZA | BRAD BUTLER

The Scar weaves together conspiracy, gangster, noir, politics, crash theory, fantasy and reality into a disrupted narrative and genre exploration that ignites a gender revolution.