Martha Kazungu

Martha Kazungu © Paul Schimweg Martha Kazungu is a curator, art historian and writer living and working between Nairobi and Kampala. She is the founder of the Njabala Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation facilitating visibility for women artists. Kazungu holds a master’s degree in African Visual and Verbal Art with a focus on curating from the University of Bayreuth. She was on the scientific advisory board for the Empowerment exhibition by the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg.

Kazungu served as co-curator for the German Federal Cultural Foundation Turn2 Labs of 2022-23. She recently completed her tenure as Assistant Curator at Museum am Rothenbaum (MARKK) with a co-curated exhibition within the 8th Triennial of Photography in Hamburg. Kazungu’s writings have been featured in several publications in Africa, Europe, and the USA. Most recently she contributed to Phaidon’s Great Women Painters and African Artists: From 1882 to Now and Lilian Nabulime’s first monograph titled Embodying Social Being.

Kazungu has curated exhibitions in Europe and Africa most notably Njabala This Is Not How (Uganda), My Mother is Forgetting My Face (Norway), Life Classes: an exhibition of Ugandan art on paper (Germany), Embodiment of Reason (Uganda) and Here and Here (Ethiopia). Kazungu is an alumnus of TheMuseumsLab, Independent Curators International (ICI) (South Africa), Àsìkò School (Ethiopia and Ghana), C& writers’ workshop (Kenya) and AtWork (Uganda). She was assistant curator for the 2016 Kampala Art Biennale curated by Elise Atangana in 2016 and the Feedback Art Africa and the 1980s curated by Smooth Ugochukwu at Iwalewahaus in 2018.