Piloya Irene

Piloya Irene
Piloya Irene is a multi-form conceptual artist currently based in Kumasi, Ghana. Piloya uses sculpture, painting and film to explore personal experience of displacement and its effects, memory and history in relation to place, identity and belonging. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Education from Kyambogo University 2019, Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Fine Art and Design from Uganda Christian University 2016 and is currently pursuing a Master’s program in Painting and Sculpture at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana.

Piloya participated in documenta fifteen as part of the blaxTERLINES collective that collaborated with Gudskul collective in Kassel, Germany. She was part of the GASTHOFF 2022 in Frankfurt Germany, where blaxTERLINES worked with Staedelschule and various international artists. In 2021, she worked with CAI, a USA based organization that empowers the girl child in various parts of the world as an art consultant. In 2020, Piloya exhibited her painting “Fearless” at the UWONET annual celebrations of women’s day in Uganda. Piloya is now part of UNDER GROUND, Kampala, an art space run by Nantume Violet, the organizer of the international arts exchange programme “Travel somewhere nice” that visited Ghana last year for an exchange program, where Piloya was among the artists that time. In 2018, her paintings featured the Okuki-women rising collectively through art reflecting on gender related struggles and successes. Piloya has worked with Wajuku artists collective on a research project for the Research Centre Society of Groningen in Nairobi, Kenya in 2017. She was part of the History in Progress Uganda collective art project that depicted the "Ekifananyi Kya Muteesa". In Ebifananyi 8 "The king pictured by many '' curated by Andrea Stultiens and exhibited at FotoMuseum Antwerp, Belgium and Makerere art gallery in 2017. Piloya participated in the "Surfaces," a conceptual Drawing workshop and exhibition at Afriart gallery, Kampala 2017. She participated in the Parallel Portraits Project of course 2016 under the theme "we, people in transition," exhibited at Academie Minerva Praediniussingel in Groningen, Netherlands. She exhibited her work "Rebirth" during the first Annual member's exhibition of 32° East; Ugandan Arts Trust in 2016 at Humurah Hotel, Kampala. She has showcased her work at Bayimba International festival of the Arts 2016 and Milege World music festival in 2016 and 2017.

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