Art is often used to express religious sentiments. Much of the great art across numerous cultures aims to capture the beauty many find in religion. In Uganda, an artist is using his work to comment on the conflict between religions.
A Ugandan/Kenyan artist named Felix Magima has an exhibition at a gallery in Uganda,which is drawing attention for its semi-abstract style, showing the differences and the similarities between Islam and Christianity.
Magima told the Kampala Observer that his work “Divided Temple” melds a mosque and a church, yet shows how Christians and Muslims avoid each other’s places of worships.
As the paper noted, “His works are quite bright and colourful and aim at reminding people that they are the same, regardless of their spiritual differences.”
He also has used a painting he calls “Fallen Cross” to examine what he told Uganda’s Independent was “the sometimes hypocritical nature of religion and its paradoxical teachings.”
I always question why our religious leaders live contrary to what they preach. You go to church and you discover that the pastor who is preaching against adultery is sleeping with several sisters in the congregation or is diverting money meant for the church to his personal use.
The exhibition also contains paintings addressing Ugandan politics and family life. Appropriate, for a culture where religion, politics and family all are taken seriously.
The exhibition runs in Kampala through the end of the month, and then will move to Nairobi, Kenya.