Lead artist Marisa Morán Jahn in collaboration with Alim Karmali, Darlyne Komukama, Moses Bwayo, Stephen Etende, Gloria Wavamunno, and others).
In this video, the use of mirrored masks explore how we see ourselves reflected — or distorted — in others. The project draws influence from the function masks play in Asian, African, and Greek rituals and dramaturgy as well as modes of self-presentation in an era of ubiquitous digital screens and mirrors.
The video’s vignettes explore themes such as confronting one’s self, one’s creation, loss, death, and the spectres of colonialism.
The video is part of a larger collaboration that seeks to create bold, experimental videos shown in Uganda’s bootleg cinemas and screens in the West. Most Ugandans see only imported commercial flicks and thus do not see themselves represented on the screen. So too, many in the West do not know what Uganda “looks” like. “Mirrored Masks” fills this void by presenting a strong visual imaginary coupled with a meditation on the act of seeing ourselves through the other.