For Miami Basel Vigo presents an exhibition of historic works on paper by Ibrahim El-Salahi. These works for the most part have never been exhibited and come from the artist's private collection.
There will be a specific focus on work from 1976-77 following his release from prison, an experience that was horrific, but extremely influential in terms of the future direction of his artistic output. This period and specifically the later part of 1976 to 1977 was one of his most productive and creative moments, when he was full of the joy of regaining his freedom after being wrongly accused. It was also an end of an era and the start of a new period as it marked the last time he would live in Sudan.
In the years preceding his imprisonment he had little time for his own work as Undersecretary of Culture and his work as a surrealist actor in the early days of Sudanese film. Then following his release and accepted resignation the subsequent year, he moved to Qatar, invited by the Emir to help translate and record their historical documents. During this period he produced some of his finest work, some of which took many years to complete. It is not unusual for El-Salahi to spend several years on an ambitious work. Hence, these works we are showing are very rare and less known than both the works of the late 50s and 60s and the latter Black and White and Tree series.
Concurrent to our presentation, Salahi's famous Prison Diaries, which were also completed just after his release from detention, are being featured in the Sharjah Art Foundations current group exhibition 'The Khartoum School: The Making of the Modern Art Movement in Sudan (1945 - present) and have been reproduced as a limited edition book.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, The British Museum, London, TATE Modern, London, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, The Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C, The Guggenheim Museum, Abu Dhabi, Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, The Museum of African Art, New York, Newark Museum, New Jersey and many others all hold El-Salahi's work in their collections.