This exhibition at Umoja Art Gallery in Kamwokya was Mugalu’s clear and heartfelt contribution to a day some people love to love and others love to hate: Valentine’s Day. The reason why some people love to hate the day is not hard to fathom. It’s the high expectations and demands that lovers place on each other which are rarely meant. The flowers, candlelight dinners and whatever else you can drum up in the name of romance are simply a rare treat for a few.
This is why Mugalu’s message was all the more relevant. Love should not be complicated, love should not be expensive. It should be enjoyed in an everyday setting with its simplicity and purity.
Everywhere you turned in the two exhibiting rooms, there was simplicity drenched in soothing colors of gold and cream, and earthly tones of browns, reds and oranges.
Mugalu explained that the love life in big cities is different from the love life in rural areas:
“If you visit the rural areas of Soroti, Arua and even here in Central Uganda, love life is simple and pure. In the big cities people strive for things like posh cars and classy accessories to show their love. Yet they are lonely and miserable, crying in their posh cars.”
Contrary to all this, he added, in the villages a man will go out with his friends after work to drink local brew, and then come home to his loved ones to find supper waiting for him. He will sit down with his family to share this meal.
“Some even have more than one woman living under the same roof, and no one complains! They will only complain if you don’t buy clothes for them. But the moment you spend, fully and equally on both, they will live happy.”