Salah ElMur solo show at Mashrabia Gallery

Ahram Online , Tuesday 4 Jun 2019

This is the international Sudanese artist Salah ElMur's fourth exhibition in Cairo

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Salah El Mur solo show at Mashrabia (Photo: part of promotional material)

Mashrabia Gallery will host a solo exhibition by Sudanese artist Salah ElMur titled 'Photos of a Cotton Company's Workers.'

Opening on 9 June, the show will be running in parallel to the 13th edition of the Cairo International Fine Art Biennale.

ElMur will be presenting a new body of work, including paintings and wooden and bronze sculptures.

According to Mashrabia's statement, his works "portray various traditions, folklore, and vernaculars of people and environments and reproduce his exploration of the streets, cities, villages and peoples he came across throughout his life."

"I was born in one of the villages on the western bank of the Blue Nile. I grew up with crochet designs knitted by my mother. Images of imaginary animals, men and women in love, circles and triangles entwining endlessly, with colors no one but me could see. That's how my eyes were opened to the world," the artist says.

Born in 1966, ElMur is a Sudanese artist, filmmaker, photographer, and illustrator, whose works are in public and private collections in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and North America, including the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al-Maaden (MACAAL), the Sharjah Art Museum and the Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF).

His paintings have been exhibited several times in Egypt, the UAE, Sudan, Syria, Jordan, France, Washington DC, Uganda, and Kenya, among others.

In September 2018, Elmur took part in a group show with Kamala Ishaq and Ibrahim El-Salahi, which was displayed at Saatchi Gallery and titled Forests and Spirits: Figurative Art from the Khartoum School.

His work has even been shown in a group exhibition at the British National Museum in London, a rare honour for a contemporary artist from Sudan.

Sunday 9 June, from 11 am
Mashrabia Gallery, 8 Champollion St., Downtown, Cairo

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