Noor Okulo
UGANDA
Mr. Noor Okulo was born in Uganda and attended at Artfield institute of Design and Kampala International University , receiving a B.A. in IT and Visual communications. He has had lead responsibilities at varying stages of the design process from conceptual development to final product. He has worked on both commercial and humanitarian projects. His appreciation for an interdisciplinary approach to design, is one that can be most vividly explained by his journey as a young designer. Influenced by several mentors from an early age, he firmly pursued and attained his education as a designer. Like many have observed however, today’s complex world presents issues that are best addressed by minds that think dynamically and independently across multiple facets of life- in other words, multi- disciplinarily. It is these real world situations coupled with his own design energy that have led him to develop his abilities. Aside from design, he is a passionate explorer of photography and sports such as marathon cycling. He also loves digital painting and story telling. He loves surrealism when it comes to photography.
Flower Tales
My artwork takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues, my work explores the varying relationships between popular culture and fine art. Having engaged subjects as diverse as the civil rights movement, my work reproduces familiar visual signs, arranging them into new conceptually layered way. I used an idea concept called “Man with no face”. Man with no face came about me trying to find my identity. It has other meanings like losing humility, fading of memories, trust, disbelief, among others. With this concept, led to the next body of work. “Flower Tales” is a multi layered story about women lives in Uganda. Women must be protected. Women should not be raped, should not be kidnapped or killed for ransom. At least 80 cases of kidnaps and murders for ransom have been registered across the country in the last four months. Of these cases, Over 23 women were raped and killed with twigs inserted in in their private parts whereas eight others are still missing. I have used materials like flowers, triangles, circles in my body of art that talks more of who these women were before the kidnaps. Art remains as a strong contender of how we share our thoughts and ideas. I have no grand illusions that art will create a revolution in the traditional sense, but have witnessed the powerful changes it can make in an individual. Just one new idea can change a persons’ perception. I have found the histories of surrealism and minimalism to be useful in the rearranging ideas.

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.