Andrea Stultiens: The complete Ebifananyi series, I – VIII


The complete Ebifananyi series, I – VIII are part of Andrea Stultiens’ long-term research project on the concept of ‘ebifananyi’, which means ‘likenesses’ in Luganda.
In each book, she takes a certain Ugandan photographic collection as a starting point for a visual investigation based on close collaboration with other people, photographers and images.

Book 1, 2 and 3; the photographer’s trilogy.
The first three books in the Ebifananyi series form a trilogy. Each one of these books is based on the work of one Ugandan photographer and tries to show the diversity within and between their respective practices.

Book 5, 6, and 7; on the relationship between photographic documentation, education and what can be known.

Book 5, 6 and 7 in the series have brown covers. They all dealing with the roles photographs play in documentation, education and ideas about the generation of knowledge in colonial and post-colonial Uganda.

Book 4 and 8; on the first appearance and nature of photographic pictures in Uganda.

The two books in the Ebifananyi series with (light and dark) blue covers bring forth the conceptual relationship between photographs and other two-dimensional likenesses. They also consider the relationship between photographs and documented and undocumented histories.


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Ebifananyi is the title of a series of eight publications by Andrea Stultiens and co-published by Paradox and History In Progress Uganda (HIPUganda). The noun Ebifananyi is derived from the verb Kufanana, and means to be similar to. It’s the Luganda word for photographs, but also for drawings and paintings, placing emphasis on their qualities as likenesses. Each book is based on one Ugandan photo collection. It present selected photographs from the collection as well as pictures and texts that result from the activation of the collection by Andrea Stultiens.

In 2011 Andrea Stultiens and artist Canon Griffin initiated the platform HIPUganda. They aim at digitalizing photographic material in Uganda to prevent the loss of historical collections, which are often threatened by challenging conservational circumstances. Furthermore, the they aim to bring the collections to live by connecting their content to audiences. Since both founders are also image makers and not archivists or conservators, they developed visual strategies to engage with the digitized material. The book series Ebifananyi is the first out of several projects that encourages engagement with the material that HIPUganda manages to disclose.

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The complete Ebifananyi series, I – VIII


Andrea Stultiens


Andrea Stultiens


Andrea Stultiens, Marloes de Laat


Paradox / HIPUganda








14,3 x 12,2 x 2,2 cm (x8)






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