Nabir Yo
Lives & Works in between Kampala and Masaka, Uganda
Born Jovia Nabiryo in Mpigi, Nabir Yo spent most of her childhood with her grandmother who knit and embroidered on home decor fabrics. She started imitating her grandmother’s work at a young age by stitching dolls, her love for fashion design became evident.

Yo’s practice entails an inescapable versatility that touches different art forms which include fashion, installation, and painting. She mixes art and fashion seamlessly reflecting a symbiotic relationship between the two disciplines. Through her distinctive approach she defies artistic conventions and offers a nuanced exploration of identity and expression.

After attending Weaver Bird Residency programme for six months, she came out ambitiously to challenge the narrative on how young female Ugandan artists are perceived in this male dominated yet volatile creative industry. Through experimentation, her bold images tend to denote cultural diversity and inclusiveness for all human identities.

Nabir Yo will be presented by Amasaka Gallery.
Nabir Yo, The cleaner, 2024, Textile, barkcloth and acrylics on denim, 124 x 117 cm. Courtesy Amasaka Gallery.