A reception open to the public with two of the artists will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at 7:30 pm.
'Tawasel/Continuity: Contemporary Artists from Sudan' comprises the works of Muhammad Omar Khalil, Mahmoud Mohamed Farah, Rashid Diab, Ahmed Abdel Aal and Islam Kamil. The aim of this exhibition is to highlight the generational continuity in the work of the artists who span three generations and their inspiration drawn from their Sudanese origins. Most of them have lived in the Sudanese diaspora in North America, Europe and the Middle East for large parts of their lives. The works shown span from the printworks of Muhammad Omar Khalil, to mixed media works on paper by Rashid Diab and Ahmed Abdel Aal, to the painted canvases of Mahmoud Mohamed Farah and Islam Kamil.
Thematically they range from abstract to figural with notions of calligraphy, addressing the colors, forms, stories and memories of the artists' homeland.
"This exhibition highlights the artistic creativity of contemporary Sudanese artists and the legacy of Sudan's artistic traditions. The VCUQatar Gallery is greatly indebted to Dar al-Funoon, Kuwait for its generous loan of works, as well as the artists Mahmoud Mohamed Farah and Islam Kamil, both resident in the Gulf region." noted Dr. Jochen Sokoly, Gallery Director and Assistant Professor.
The exhibition is scheduled from 19 March 2008 - 19 April 2008.