Letaru Dralega

LETARU_1 portrait by Henry Robinson

This residency is the fifth in an ongoing partnership between Hyde Park Art Center and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos to facilitate creative exchange between artists and curators in Africa and Chicago as part of the Àsìkò Art School alumni engagement.

Letaru Dralega

  • May 20 – July 12, 2024
  • Kampala, Uganda

Letaru Dralega is a Ugandan Jamaican British artist and researcher based in Kampala. Her mixed media process-centered practice is concerned with themes of memory and belonging. She experiments across collage, painting, installation, and sound to create meditative works which probe the material/spiritual dichotomy and ponder postcolonial condition.

A social scientist by training she studied a Bachelor of Social Sciences (2014) and a Masters of International Development with African studies (2019) at Sciences Po Paris, France. There she examined global issues, through sociological, political and anthropological lenses, a practice which continues in her research-focused approach to art-making.

Letaru is an alumna of 32 degrees East Ugandan Arts Trust Kampala (2017) and Asiko Art School Praia (2022). She is a recipient of a Prince Claus seed award supported by British Council and UNDP Uganda’s creative facility grant (2022). She was selected as a Njabala Foundation artist researcher (2023) for the research project Tracing a Decade Women Artists of the 1960’s in Africa and Njabala Foundation Annual exhibition 2024.

In 2021 she co-founded Afropocene Studio Lab, an arts space in Kampala, which she currently directs along with The Capsule, an experimental exhibition space launched in 2023.