I believe that society speaks, and I feel like it’s my job to reply. Therefore, I chose to speak through Art because it was the only way I understood the world. Whenever I read words or write words, I saw images. Then I said to myself if this is the way I understand the world, I should use the same way to speak. People will understand my language because if I can understand it, other people can understand and relate to it too. Hopeful that I can use art to vent my pains and frustrations. And also use it as a medium to voice my opinions and thoughts on social and topical issues because art is a loud voice to me. Louder than my normal voice. Most of my artworks speak about social-political issues to connect people and give a voice to the voiceless.
My name is Chadrack Makano, a 21-year-old visual artist based in the Nakivale refugees’ settlement. My friends call me @makano_arts because of my social media. I started showing my love for art when I was 8 years old at school, then in late 2018, I started doing it seriously after losing my parents. Working in collaboration with a talent development organization called Faces Up Uganda. I’ve been able to preach my message of love, equality, liberty, hope, and Faith to many young people who need inspiration. My name Makano means intersection, and all I want is to become a bridge that will connect people. Lately I’ve been working on a body of work titled “Mirrors”.
Whereby I feature figures who have made an impact and touched the world by their acts and inspired the youths in Uganda and all over. The collection features two series that is: Made in Uganda and the Timeless series. It features portraits of legends who passed on, but their legacies and lives continue to be of reference in the areas of their domain. All these are done through my ‘Abstract Poetry’ style where I write the portraits instead of drawing or painting them. Each of the portraits is written with words of power. And depth to carry a certain message of advocacy to speak to power and spirits.
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