Circle Art Gallery’s 3rd annual focus on East Africa exhibition, Khartoum Contemporary opens on 4th May and features 17 Khartoum based artists and spans 50 years.
“This exhibition is a result of two visits to Khartoum where we were introduced to many extraordinary artists. Our decision to present artworks spanning fifty years from these 17 artists seemed inevitable as all these artists still practice to date. Many of the older generation have taught the younger; creating connections and influences that can be seen throughout this exhibition. At Circle, our aim is to guide our audiences to discover new artists, engage more deeply with art and understand its importance. We try to show both diversity and parallels by expanding our knowledge of the art scenes from neighbouring countries.” said Danda Jaroljmek, Founder and Director, Circle Art Agency
The 17 artists to be featured include; Kamala Ishaq, Elamin Osman, Bakri Bilal, Mohamed Otaybi, Abdella Etayeb, Abdelbasit El Khatim, Rashid Diab, Abushariaa Ahmed, Ashraf Ahmed, Ashraf Mohamed, Salah Elmur, Issam Hafiez, Mohammed Morda Miska, Elhassan Elmuontasir, Hazim Mohamed, Laila Mukhtar and Amel Bashier.
The exhibition demonstrates the continuing relevance of the ideas which were developed by the early Khartoum School; of constructing a distinct aesthetic language, used to navigate and visualize complex cultural identity. However, the selection also reflects the diversity of directions artists have taken, and challenges they have made, to these central ideas.
Each year, Circle Art Gallery focuses on an East African exhibition to broaden its connections with artists across the region as well as expose their audience to some of the finest art in East Africa.
Opening Night – May 4, 2017 from 6.00pm to 9.00pm
Weekdays: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Saturdays: 12.00pm – 5.00pm