Shot in Kampala, Uganda, this is a story about Ugandan Vespa enthusiasts. While the dominant Ugandan bike model is an Indian-made “Boda Boda,” a few proud men preserve an old tradition of riding vintage Italian Vespas. Against all odds, in a country with little sentiments to mid-century nostalgia, these men proudly restore and ride their beloved motors amidst scarce spare parts and road-side heckles. They remember a time when owning a Vespa was a status symbol, reminiscent of happier days in Uganda, currently ranked one of the poorest countries in the world.

How to View

During the day, the installment can be viewed on monitors inside the ICP Museum and during evening hours, images are literally “projected” onto the windows of the ICP Museum; they can be viewed from the sidewalk outside the Museum and are most visible after sunset. Learn more about Projected.

About the Artist

Born in Tel Aviv, Ariel Tagar started as a photojournalist covering conflict in both Israel and Palestine. In 2002, he moved to London and got a BA with honors in photography at the London College of Fashion.


Image: © Ariel Tagar