Astrid Mourik de Wit is a Dutch artist who was invited to design an installation for the Kampala art Biennial 2018, hosted in a derelict warehouse at the outskirts of Uganda’s capital city. She was placed under the mentorship of the famous West African artist Pascal Marthine Tayou, who gave his Studio of seven participating artists the theme “Queen of Katwe” – the true story of a Ugandan girl from poor backgrounds who made it big in international chess. 


In this 14 minutes documentary, Astrid passionately explains the process from applying for participation in the Biennial to developing, building and exhibiting the art piece. The story and film of Fiona, the chess Queen of Katwe, is used to illustrate Astrid’s own struggles to make it as an artist in Uganda.

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