Henry ‘Mzili’ Mujungaʼs works reference his immediate natural and man-made environment to construct scenarios of heroism that seek to champion human strength and empathy. The works feature numerous, seemingly disparate objects brought together into a single frame. They are set in intimate spaces where highly personal interactions take place – often combining several such spaces into one – with titles that describe the interactions within the paintings themselves, and at the same time allude to external associations. Mujungaʼs gathering of objects, spaces, and the existing associations with these objects, mimics the processes of identity-making that he observes in his native Uganda. Individuals often rely on their outward appearance, their possessions, even their environments (and their interactions within them) to communicate their own vision of themselves.
Over the course of a career spanning more than two decades he has exhibited extensively in galleries in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana, the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands. Mujunga is one of the cofounders of Kampala Arts Trust.