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DOWN TOWN KAMPALA BATIK

This batik shows a busy street downtown Kampala, Uganda's capital city. It's one in a 5 series project showing the busy spots of downtown Kampala. It's a scene where 14-seater taxis, buses, motorcyclists (bodaboda), and pedestrians jossle for the little space available on the narrow streets. I believe this is the true representation of what it feels like to walk downtown Kampala. It's not easy. The lady crossing the road is taking food to a nearby shopping mall. She'll do her rather dangerous rounds many times crossing the street with plates of food and drinks from 6am in the morning to 6pm in the evening and is paid an equivalent of 1.50 US dollars per day. She eats the left-overs for lunch. Such is the life in downtown Kampala.

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Lukandwa said…
I'm working on 4 more works in this series showing life on the streets of downtown Kampala. They are all for sale. Send me an email if you are interested in this or in any of my batik art. Thanks

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