Join us for the UK book launch of Sudan Retold with the editors Khalid Albaih, Larissa-Diana Fuhrmann and the contributors Alaa Satir and Omar Eltigani, followed by a Q&A session. The authors and artists will present their new book, a first attempt to create a mental image of the Sudan by 31 young Sudanese creatives through stories about their homeland.
Sudan Retold is an illustrated book which intends to provide insights into the diverse facets of the country against the background of a rich and multicultural history. Over a period of two years, a group of comic artists, authors, graphic artists, a cook, filmmakers and painters worked on Sudan Retold. Through drawings and texts, in 27 short chapters, they show the relationship between history, art and literature highlighting the role of women, the Beja sword fighting art and the diversity of languages. The more complex historical entanglements and colonial rule such as the Christian-Nubian rule, the murder of British General Gordon in 1855 as well as the legendary city of Suakin on the Red Sea are being retold through artistic representations in the chapters by Dar Al Naim, Malaz Abdallah Osma, Mawadda Kamil and Reem Khalifa.
Khalid Albaih is a Sudanese artist and political cartoonist. Currently, he is the ICORN/PEN Artist in Residence in Copenhagen. Previously, Albaih worked as the Head of Public Art for the Qatar Museums Authority and (co-) founded @DohaFashionFridays and the Khartoum Art & Design Center. His cartoons are published online as Khartoon! and in international papers including The New York Times and The Atlantic. In addition, Albaih is known for his social and political commentary in The Guardian and on Al Jazeera. His work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions internationally such as at Asakusa Art Space (Tokyo, 2017), #Crowdsourced at Katara Art Center (Doha, 2017) and Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI, 2017).
Larissa-Diana Fuhrmann has a BA and an MA in African and Islamic studies and is a PhD student at Johannes-Gutenberg-University in Mainz. Between 2013 and 2017, she worked as the cultural coordinator at Goethe-Institut Sudan. In 2017, she founded Yalla! Khartoum, an initiative for socially engaged activities in the fields of painting, music making, skateboarding, and other urban arts. She also co-founded Salute Yal Bannot, an all-female band that sings about the socio-political struggle of women. Since 2016 she has worked with Habibi Funk and their first exhibition, A Spotlight in Arab Grooves as well as in various projects in Sudan and Germany.
Alaa Satir is a Sudanese Cartoonist who graduated as an architect from the University of Khartoum in 2012 and currently doing her masters in the UK. She works as a graphic designer and illustrator. Morning Doodles, her first solo exhibition at Khartoum’s Elguneid Center in 2017 addressed topics like feminism, social media and politics. In addition her work was shown as part of a group exhibition in March 2018 promoting women’s rights and challenging gender-based violence.
Omer Al-Tijani founded The Sudanese Kitchen in 2015, a cookbook project aimed at bringing Sudanese food to an international English-speaking audience through various events, projects, and ultimately a cookery book. Al-Tijani’s purpose is to promote traditional Sudanese cuisine and bring to light largely undiscovered dishes preservers hold sacred to their culture. Inspired by his love of cooking diverse cuisines and combining unique flavours, he seeks to add a modern twist to Sudanese food. In doing so, Al-Tijani aims to present The Sudanese Kitchen as a beacon for his community from which their culture may be visible.