The Tate in London has announced the opening of a new exhibition of the works of Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi. The exhibition will dote on El-Salahi’s “personal journey”, following his movements as a young adult to London, a pilgrimage back to Sudan, followed by a sejour in Qatar and a final return to England.
Born in September 1930, El-Salahi went on to become a diplomat, representing Sudan as a cultural attaché in the United Kingdom. He then returned to Sudan, going on to become the Undersecretary in the Ministry of Culture and Information before he was jailed for a short period of time.
Stylistically, El-Salahi’s paintings are often done in monochrome or ochre yellow – “the colours of the earth of Sudan, which I care a great deal about,” he elaborated in a nostalgic, pre-exhibition interview with the Tate. He is also reportedly one of the first artists to incorporate khatt, or
Arabic calligraphy, into his paintings. In describing what one must satisfy in order to survive, El-Salahi stated that the ego, others, and all people are of utmost importance to him in his motivation.
“And the most important thing,” he said, “is what the work means to you.”
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