Interview by Javier Melian for www.thepalettepages.com
My name is Javier Melian (@jmelianuk in Tweeter), a London based art lover that shares street art and outsider art mainly through social media.
I accidentally found this portrait in Twitter, one of the hundreds of pictures I see on a daily basis. However, this one really impacted me. I contemplated it for a long while, not knowing who
the subject of the painting was, however I did feel a story, a struggle, dignity and conviction.
The portrait was titled “Kasha”. I googled her; she is Ugandan LGBT rights activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera. She has publicly campaigned for an end to homophobia in Uganda, where
homosexuality is illegal. In 2010, Ugandan newspaper Rolling Stone published the photographs and names of people it claimed to be gay, under the headline “Hang Them”. The names and photographs
included those of Nabagesera and her colleague David Kato. The pair eventually sued the tabloid, and in doing so set a benchmark for human rights in Uganda.