We are very pleased to welcome Nairobi-based author and artist Ursula Gisemba at the Villa Waldberta! After the dramatist Tony Miyambo, she is the second scholarship holder in our residency programme, realised in cooperation with Artist in Residence Munich: Villa Waldberta, City of Munich. This years programme will take place in collaboration with the Netzwerk Münchner Theatertexter*innen (NMT), an association of authors of different theatre forms and language experiences.
Together with other international artists, Ursula Gisemba will spend three months at the Waldberta Villa, providing regular contributions to SPIELART Magazine with insights into her residency and her working process.
During her residency she would like to work on her next writing project, which deals with the contentious work of Alice Auma – an Ugandan rebel leader from the 1980s. The multi-part play forms a continuation of the work BEATRIZ, THE SAINT PRAYS. It examines the life of a woman who, while striving to preserve a community, carries a conflicting legacy as both a great leader and a violent perpetrator.
As an interdisciplinary artist, author, and director, Ursula Gisemba moves between the genres of performance and film. Her projects are marked by an exploration of African history and the lost traces of its developing identities.