Current/ Forth coming

2020. Letters to my Childhood. C& Commissions.

2020. Marcue at Home, online Home office series Sonsbeek 2024 force times distance

2020. The words create images. 5TH Casablanca Biennale curated by Christine Eyene

2020. ī NDAFFA forger/Out of the fire. 14th Biennial of Contemporary African Art under the artist direction of Dr. Malick Ndiaye. Dakar, Senegal

2019-2020. Ultrasanity. on madness, sanitation, antipsychiatry and resistance. curated by Elena Agudio, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Kelly Krugman. Group show at Savvy contemporary The laboratory of Form Ideas, Berlin Germany.


2019     Rijksakademie Open studios, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam Netherlands.

2019    Womanism, Ostrale Bienniel 019 , Dresden Germany.

2018     Sounds of Memory, RijksakademieOpen 2018, Rijksakademie van beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam Netherlands.

2018     Dressing Chamber, Open Sauce Gallery, Brooklyn New York City, United States of America.

2018     Het Haperende Lichaam, The Vulnerable Body, CBK Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Zuidoost, Amsterdam Netherlands

2017 – 2018    Being Her (e): Meditations on African Femininities. !Kauru Contemporary Art from Africa. Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa.2018 Being Her (e) at the Galeria do Banco Economico, Luanda, Angola.

2017     Gallery of Small Things (GoST), Africa Culture & Design Festival, curated by Bisi Silva. Lagos Nigeria

2016     Seven Hills, Kampala Art biennial, curated by Elis Atangana Kampala Uganda.

2016     Barclays L’Atelier finals exhibition, Absa Towers North, Gallery 161 Main Street Johannesburg

2016     AtWork Notebooks, public library of Dakar, Jet d’Eau May 5th to June 3rd, Dakar Biennial, Dakar Senegal.

2016     Kabbo Ka Muwala [The Girl’s Basket],migration and mobility in contemporary art, April 14 –June 12Makerere Art Gallery, Kampala Uganda, September 24 – December 11, Städtische Galerie Bremen, Bremen Germany.

2016     Kampala Contemporary, Circle arts agency, Nairobi Kenya

2016     Perspectives, Academy Gallery Alle school of Fine arts and Design, Addis Ababa University.

2015     transFORM ♯1, Afri Art Gallery, Kampala Uganda.

2015     AtWork Kampala Exhibition, Makerere Art Gallery, Kampala Uganda.

2015     Refracting rooms, Talera Institute of Fine Arts working studios, Pune Maharashtra, India

2014     The Boda Boda Project, Kampala Contemporary Art Festival (KLA ART 014), Kampala, Uganda

2013     Jaguza, Group exhibition 32° East | Ugandan Arts Trust, Kampala Uganda.

2013     Graduate Show, Margaret Trowel School of Industrial and Fine arts, Makerere University.


2017    Art workshop, Gems Cambridge international school Kampala.

2016   Recycling art workshop. Makindye Primary school.

2015   Recycling art classes Vine international Christian Academy, Kampala

2014   Artist, Images Youth Program, Center for Kultur og Udvikling/ Danish Center for Culture and  Development (CKU), Copenhagan Denmark.


2018- 2019     The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten.

2017     Residencies for Artists and Writers programme, Arts of Africa and the Global South research Programme, Fine Arts Department, Rhodes University South Africa.

2016     East African Regional Exchange Residency Program, Alle School of Fine Arts and Design Addis Ababa University Ethiopia.

2015    The 5th ÀSÌKÒ CCA Lagos International Art Programme, Maputo Mozambique. 28 day workshop conducted by the late curator and program director Olabisi Silva (Bisi Silva)

 2015     KHOJ International Workshop Pune Maharashtra India, The Good Artists Of Pune

2013   Graduate Artist in Residence, 32°East|Ugandan Arts Trust. Kampala Uganda.


2017     The Gathering. Naivasha Kenya

2015     AtWork Kampala Chapter 2015 by Simon Njami and Lettera 27, Moleskine foundation.

2014       Global Crit Clinic Kampala

2013     Apprenticeship and internship with Maria Naita and Dr Kyeyune George on “The Journey” a monument to mark a golden jubilee of Uganda’s independence.


Simbao .R, Folárànmí. S. (2019, May) Conjuring our beings, African arts summer 2019. Volume 52 (2) 18-31.


I AM Intense Art Magazine


Al Jazeera          Ugandans depict journeys of migration through abstract art. 

Vafo. Dk Vejle Amts Folkeblad

32°East video profile

Start Journal, Uganda


  1. Who am I? 
  2. who am I in this society? the 2 questions I seek to find answers to on this journey.

“I share my life with those attentive as well as the indifferent. Using sound, text, film,photography, drawings, sculpture and installation… I build these archives.”

Immy Mali lives and works in Kampala. Her work revolves around notions of presence and absence, personal memories of childhood juxtaposed with current personal and collective narratives in Uganda and abroad. In Mali’s work, memory is a tool through which she describes the social (cultural and religious), political and economic landscape of Uganda not withholding post colonial and British imperial influences in the shaping of identities. Using a variety of media including, text, video, sound, sculpture, installation, animation, her work attempts to unpack the complexities and entanglements of memory and existence in a neo/postcolonial Uganda.

“Mali’s translations of biographical stories in letter writing, video or conceptual sculpture transgress the boundaries between private and public; personal and collective records”_Moses Serubiri

10 thoughts on “cv”

    1. Dear Bruno, I have been hopelessly offline and now I just see your message. I hope we can catch up sometime. I will be online more regularly now. Kind regards and apologies
      Immy Mali


  1. Hello Immy, I hope all is well. My name is Devin Mays and I work with artist Theaster Gates in Chicago. We’re working on a small book and would like you be a part of it. I believe you were a participant in Michael Armitage’s The Gathering? I would love to interview you about that experience and include it in our book.

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    All the best,


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  2. Hi Immy, I’ve been revisiting your work and if you have a moment would like to talk to you about your experiences and how working internationally has impacted your practice. I’m from Lagos but currently based in London.

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    1. Hi Eca Eps, I appreciate your interest in my work and I’m honoured to know that you take time to revisit this site. About my experiences I’m not entirely sure how to respond as they are from different times on my clock and Im not quite sure which part you are interested in. about working in different contexts…I think its similar to experiencing different cultures. I have found myself often looking for an anchor point. for a familiar space to start from. viewing home from within and now from without gives me the opportunity to see what I wasn’t able to from close. we often say in Lunganda, “Basima ogenze”. which literally means “you are appreciated in your absence”
      i can probably say, the discomfort in unfamiliar spaces gives me a push but My desire for a while has been to speak a language that can be understood back home and maybe its what I search for.


  3. Thanks so much for your prompt reply, Immy. We have a similar expression so I can certainly relate – especially in the context of your practice where you’re making work that is specific to a particular culture but being based elsewhere, and as such you might find yourself almost becoming an outsider looking in. If you have a moment, it would be great to Skype (my username is ecaeps)



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  4. sure Skype would be great. I’m curious to know more about your work too. this weekend is a little busy but after 6pm tomorrow Dutch time might be a good time for me let me know what time is good for you.
    kind regards


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