Leilah Babirye, Installation view: Amatwaale Ga Ssekabaka Mwanga II (The Empire of King Mwanga II)
Leilah Babirye, Tuli Mukwano (We Are In Love) #1, 2018, Wood, metal, and found objects 9 x 3 x 2.5 feet
Leilah Babirye, Namasole Nakatya (Queen Mother of Ssekababka Mwanga II), 2018, Glazed ceramic, wire, and found object. 18.5 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches
Leilah Babirye, Omulangila Jjunju (Prince of The Buganda Kingdom) 2018, Wood, metal, nails, glue and found objects. 29.5 x 10.75 x 8.75 inches
Leilah Babirye, Untitled #1 (The Queens Series), 2016, ceramic, burned wood, glue, 6 x 3.5 x 12 inches
Leilah Babirye, Tuli Mukwano (We Are In Love) #2, 2018, Wood, metal, cement, concrete and found objects, 9 x 5 x 4 feet
Leilah Babirye, Untitled (The Queens Series), 2015, Acrylic and mixed media collage on paper, 11.5 x 8.25 inches
Leilah Babirye, Untitled #2 (The Queens Series), 2016. ceramic, safety pins, scrap metal, 6 x 7 x 9 inches
Leilah Babirye, Remains #6, 2017-2018, Found objects, nails and wire on wood panel, 20.75 x 14.75 x 2.5 inches
Leilah Babirye, Omulangila Semakokilo (Prince of The Buganda Kingdom), 2018, Wood, metal, nails and found objects. 83 x 11.5 x 16.25 inches
Leilah Babirye (born 1985, Kampala, Uganda) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She studied art at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda (2007–2010), and participated in the Fire Island Artist Residency in 2015. In 2018, she received asylum in the US with support from the African Services Committee and the NYC Anti-Violence Project, and presented her first solo exhibition at Gordon Robichaux in New York.
In 2020, Babirye’s work was the subject of two solo exhibitions—at Rebecca Camacho Presents in San Francisco (January) and at Gordon Robichaux (October–November)—and was featured in group exhibitions at Stephen Friedman Gallery in London, Parker Gallery and Marc Selwyn Fine Art in Los Angeles, and in the Public Art Fund’s Art on the Grid installed throughout New York City. In 2021, Stephen Friedman Gallery presented Babirye’s first solo exhibition in London.
Babirye’s work was recently exhibited in Flight: A Collective History at the Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (curated by Serubiri Moses); Stonewall 50 at the Contemporary Arts Museum (CAMH), Houston, Texas; Fur Cup at Underdonk, Brooklyn, NY (curated by Elisa Soliven); Strange Attractors at Kerry Schuss in New York (curated by Bob Nickas); Plays on Camp at Assembly Room (curated by Ksenia M. Soboleva); and in the Socrates Annual 2018 at Socrates Sculpture Park where she presented two monumental commissioned sculptures.
Babirye has participated in numerous panel discussions: at Tisch/NYU (organized by JD Samson); Yorkshire Sculpture International; The Africa Center; the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair; and the Black Lesbian Conference at Barnard College in New York. Profiles on Babirye and her art have been featured in Cultured Magazine; New York Magazine; Modern Painters; OUT Magazine; Raw Material: A Podcast from SFMOMA (Season 4: Luvvers); BET; and the Financial Times.
Leilah Babirye, Untitled, 2015, Acrylic and mixed media collage on paper,
11.5 x 8.25 inches
Leilah Babirye, Jesus, 2016, Wood, metal, nails, ceramic, glaze and found objects, 29 x 19.5 x 2.5 inches
Leilah Babirye, Lady B., 2018, Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12 inches
Leilah Babirye, Remains #8, 2017-2018, Found objects, nails and wire on wood panel, 37.5 x 23.75 x 2.5 inches
Leilah Babirye, Omumbejja Sangalyabongo (The Only Daughter of Nagginda, The Wedded Queen of Buganda), 2018, Wood, metal, nails, glue and found objects. 32.5 x 8.25 x 9 inches
Leilah Babirye, Omusomi Nalweyiso (Schoolgirl Nalweyiso), 2018, Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12 inches