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Bwette Daniel Gilbert

Bwette Daniel is a self taught community/ freelance photographer and a team leader at the Bavubuka Foundation. He is also the Ugandan Correspondent and Photographer for Youth Journalism International and Young African Visionaries online magazine and a Freelance Photographer for Masaani Art – Uganda, Bayimba International Festival Of the Arts.

His 7 years of working and volunteering in youth communities has attracted both national and international opportunities to work in the fields of photography, graphic design and community journalism.

In 2012, Bwette was selected to be part of the Emerging youth Peace network of the Universal Peace wheel where as the Uganda Youth peace ambassador on the programme with 21 more youth ambassador from different countries. During this project, Bwette organized a peace project at Stand Tall Education Centre to celebrate International Peace day with the students of the education centre.

As a community focused photographer Bwette has had collaborative exhibitions internationally at MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts) New York in 2011 and locally at Uganda National Cultural Theatre during the Bayimba Cultural Festival 2011, Breda International Photo Festival 2012, B-Global Hiphop Exhibition in Uganda 2012, Hague at International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)2013, Visionary Africa : ART at WORK (European union /African Union International Photo Exhibition)2012, Self Identities Photography & art Exhibition (Washington DC) 2015.

Bwette’s community works using photography as an  archiving tool through “UG HIPHOP ARCHIVIST Movement” has also attracted international attention and earned him an opportunities to represent Uganda youth Hip hop community at the International Hiphop Teachin “Remixing the Art of Social Change” by Words Beats & Life in Washington DC and Hip hop think tank for international hip scholars in New York organized by Hip hop education Centre at New York University and lately in 2015 at Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership in Michigan – Kalamazoo 2015.

KEEPING OUR PAST PRESENT AND FUTURE IN PERSPECTIVE. These photos are part of my effort to document  and archive urban youth cultures of self expression in Uganda especially through Hip Hop culture. The purpose of using photography is to instigate questions among the public to learn about new ways of young people have chose to use  music, dance and multimedia to express themselves and represent the diverse communities they come from. The collection is also geared to restore dignity amongst young community leader who most of the time don’t  get to understand the magnitude of their contribution to the communities they serve.