Since 2019, Makano has been working on a body of works titled “MIRRORS”, where he features figures that have made an impact and inspire(d) youths in Uganda and the World Over. The collection, features 2 series that is; 1) TimelessSeries and 2) MadeInUganda
In the Timeless Series, he features portraits of legends who passed on but yet their lives and legacies have continued to be of reference in the areas of their domain. The series is personal to the artist and executed all the works in his style he calls ABSTRACT POETRY, in which the artist writes the portraits instead of painting or drawing them. Each face is written with words of power, and depth to carry a certain message of advocacy to speak to power and spirits.
On the other hand, the MadeInUganda Series features people who are still alive in a hyper-realistic style with barcodes that hide the titles of the artworks. The barcodes also signify the uniqueness of each person just like how products are distinguished and recognized in a store. To make each portrait, it took the artists between 100-600 hours.
There are also 3 scalable artworks called TRINITY PUZZLED where he explores people’s Believe and Trust in SCIENCE, RELIGION, and ART.
Most of his works speak about social-political issues, he hopes that this body of works will contribute to raising awareness about matters of importance, evoke a sense of advocacy as well as inspire viewers to look into the self to find their energies/desires to create a positive impact in their areas of domain.
The title of the exhibition (Mirror) is inspired by the idea to make people see themselves in the artworks so that they can get inspired by those people and create change on their scale and make this world a better place.
Tupac once said “I can’t change the world but I can change the minds of those who can” also the artist believes that art itself can’t change the world but it can inspire change, in the minds of those who can.
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