PENGO - International Cultural and Artistic Network

International Team

ABOUT US

PENGO - International Cultural and Artistic Network is located in Kampala (Uganda), Kigali (Rwanda) and Hildesheim (Germany).

The name "Pengo" means "gap" in Swahili. We are seeking to find and create different kind of gaps in the walls that a very present in our daily life and work. Walls that are built through hierarchic, exclusive and postcolonial structures.

Based on the international network that was founded through the project  "The Walls We Built" in 2019, we want to empower young artists from Uganda, Ruanda and Germany to get connected and to find gaps in-between to share their art and visions.


In an international team and three local teams in each participating country we are searching for new transparent working and organizational structures, which enabel us to start and share a reflection process about the reproducing of postcolonial structures.




Through workshops and discourse formats we want to start different exchange formats, including workshops and discussions about sustainable international cooperations. Therefore we are collaborating with different institutions and partners in Uganda, Ruanda and Germany.

ANNIKA RACHOR

PENGO - GERMANY

INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC NETWORK e.V (Hildesheim)

 INTERNATIONAL TEAM



Annika Rachor is a Performance Artist and Festival Curator, based in Hildesheim, Germany and Kampala, Uganda.

Main topics of her curational and performative projects Voicesforidentity and We all live under this sky are identity, home, walls and borders. Through her work she is aiming to build up a platform of exchange for artists from Europe and East-Africa. In 2019 she initiated the International Festival of the Arts The Walls We Built and is now part of the founding team of the Pengo International Network. 


ISAKARI UMUHIRE

(MUNTU 621)

PENGO - RWANDA

INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC NETWORK  (Kigali)

INTERNATIONAL TEAM



Umuhire a.k.a Muntu621 is multi-disciplinary artist with different mediums and materials experiment. His colorful figurative works, portraiture and cityscapes artwork primarily revolves around identity and belonging issues in the African continent. He explores the old and the new, the far and the near, the different and the familiar. 


MARIA NESEMANN


PENGO - GERMANY

INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC NETWORK e.V. (Hildesheim)

 INTERNATIONAL TEAM





Maria Nesemann studied Theatre and German Literature in Mainz, Germany and Cultural Mediation in Marseille, France and Hildesheim, Germany. In her practical and theoretical work, she is most interested in the link between art and public.

OLEGO JOB ANOMET

(JOBRAY)


PENGO - UGANDA

INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC NETWORK  (Kampala)

INTERNATIONAL TEAM


OLEGO JOB ANOMET also known as “JOBRAY” is a professional Ugandan visual Artist and a Global citizen. He is specialised in doing Murals and Graffiti as his field of specialty but he also has a diverse genre or style such and Drawing, illustration among others. He organises and conducts Art classes and mentorship programmes nationally and internationally in Graffiti art and fine art for both kids and youths. He’s a Ugandan Acting member.

HATWIB PATIENCE SWABUR


PENGO - RWANDA

INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC NETWORK  (Kigali)

INTERNATIONAL TEAM


Hatwib Patience Swabur is living in Kigali, Rwanda. He works under the organization skate aid, which is empowering children from all backgrounds through buidling up skate parks and further activities. Furthermore he is working on own artistic projects and studying different languages.



MICHAEL DÖLLE


PENGO - GERMANY

INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC NETWORK e.V. (Hildesheim)

 INTERNATIONAL TEAM




Michael Dölle is a cultural mediator and animation artist based in Hildesheim, Germany.
Currently studying cultural sciences at the University of Hildesheim and envisioning Pengo to sustainably connect the participating people and regions. He's member of the German core team.





ALICE HIEPKO


PENGO - GERMANY

INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL AND ARTISTIC NETWORK e.V. (Hildesheim)

 INTERNATIONAL TEAM




Alice Hiepko is a cultural mediator and an actress based in Hildesheim, Hanover and Berlin. She is most interested in theatre projects with and for children and young adults. While doing her voluntary year in Uganda she formed a personal connection to the country and its people.  PENGO embodies a perfect opportunity to connect her cultural work with her personal relationship to Uganda.





INNOCENT BUREGEYA


SUPPORT TEAM KIGALI


Innocent Buregeya is one of Rwanda’s recognized visual artist self-taught, also a social community work and best known for his uniquely creative paintings with strong focus on semi-realism artworks alongside mixed media. He is the cofounder of BUREGEYA ARTS STUDIO. Upon opening up BUREGEYA ARTS STUDIO he decided to open space for creativity for everyone and dedicated his artistic talents.

ARTISTIC VISIONS

Creating smaller local art projects and international discourse formats in the participating countries in 2021-2022


Establishing a Local Artist in Residency Programme in 2023 and 2025 in each participating country.


Building up an International Artist in Residency Program and International Festival of the Arts. In 2023 in Kigali, Rwanda. In 2025 in Hildesheim, Germany. 


Establishing new digital and live discourse and workshop formats about postcolonial structures and sustainable collaboration structures


5 YEARS AGENDA



ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURES

We are aiming to build up different team structures, based on a central structured international team, and decentral structured local teams.


The International Team is central organized, it is responsible for creating the five years agenda, creating an international awareness for the project and holding the local team activities on line.


The local teams are decentral organized. Each team has different organizational structures, based on the current local situation. The local teams are only responsible for activities in their own country. 


ALL OF THESE STRUCTURES SHOULD BE AT ALL TIME TRANSPARENT AND VISIBLE. WE WANT TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE COLLABORATION STRUCTURES ON A LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEVEL.


EXPANDING

THE NETWORK

Through collaborations with different institutions and partners we want to expand the Pengo Network and find new perspectives and visions through these collaborations. Our current partners are: