The research project I am about to embark on in the Ruwenzori area of Uganda builds on my previous anthropological interests into the rites of passage and the objects associated with them. (Please see the 'Research' Section at www.kate-parsons.co.uk). I shall be investigating the objects and customs of the Bakonjo linked with death and/or other important markers of life. This will start at the Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation (RSF) in Kyemihoko Village, then kilometres north of Kasese with founder David Bwambale (Bakonjo), as assistant researcher.
I would like to thank the following organisations for making this project possible through the 'Artist in Residency' programme at the RSF and others who have also kindly provided funding and support:
Pangolin Editions, Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation, British Institute in Eastern Africa, British Council and the Bath Commonwealth Society.