Interview: Gilles Dusabe

Gilles Dusabe - Artist

Gilles has been working on his own projects which you can see at his upcoming exhibition this weekend. Download his flyer for more info.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am an contemporary artist and I work mainly with video but also explore other ways of expression and production such as interactive sculpture, painting or installation. I grow up in Geneva, Switzerland but left 15 years ago and became eventually Rwandese . My artist name is Gilles Dusabe and I consider myself an nomad.

When did you come to Rwanda and what brought you here?

I am married to a Rwandese woman (I took her family name Dusabe as my artist name) and we decide to come back a year ago to her homeland after many years abroad consecutively of what happens in 1994, the genocide against the Tutsis. This decision to live in Kigali was a logical choice for both of us.

Are you involved much in the arts scene in Rwanda?

As someone pretty new in Kigali, I am starting to meet artists/film makers and people who are involved in the arts scene but obviouly, I would love to meet more creative people. It is a bursting scene with high energy and interest.

What do you think of Rwanda’s arts scene?

There are some cool centers such as Ishyo Center for concerts, theatre and dance. The Ivuka Arts Center is one of the best place for Fine Arts painting with great artists and good vibes. Otherwise the Uburanga Arts Studio and the two galleries in KBC building deserve a look as well.

What is your art background in Switzerland?

Actually I never studied in Switzerland but graduated in the Chelsea Art School, Glasgow School of Art (BA Painting) and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels (MA Art Ed). Also I did a two years Postgrade of Contemporary Arts in CCA Kitakyushu in Japan. I exhibited in many different countries and participated in few Art Biennales.

You’re an artist yourself, what sort of work do you do?

My artwork is mainly on experimental loop video and film projected in galleries, museums and film festivals. I also enjoy making photographs and artwork which involves the notion of interactivity and participation between/with spectators.

Anyone who is interested has the opportunity to see some of my work in Kigali during a solo exhibition called The Bliss of the Unknown on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of May 2012 from 1pm to 6pm in the Sunset Villas in Kibagabaga. Hope to see you there!

About Kirsty

A Canadian who left in 2001 to wander around the world in search of sun, beautiful views and goat brochettes. Found Kigali in July 2010 and it seems like the perfect fit. I expect to be here until I get kicked out for defiantly walking on the grass while wearing flip flops.