Lilian Mary Nabulime is a sculptor from Uganda. She is a senior lecturer at the School of Fine Art (CEDAT), Makerere University in Kampala who often works with wood, clay, soap or with found materials, producing figurative and nonfigurative forms or functional or non-functional everyday objects that retain the qualities of the material that she works in. She is interested in the ways that materials suggest certain ideas for viewers, such as familiarity in everyday life or assumptions of accessibility.
Her work focuses on social life, including intersecting experiences politics, gender, race and disease and respond to the context in which it is made, in modern Africa. Gendered associations with femininity or masculinity are bound up in the formal qualities of the works. For example, in her work, 2004 Male and Female, she used soap, with its associations as a cleansing agent to raise questions about sexuality and HIV/AIDS; it was developed through her PhD in Fine Art from Newcastle University (2001-2007). She has exhibited, attended workshops and residencies in Uganda and internationally since 1993.