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28 Sep-25 Nov Art
Salon 008: Forests And Spirits Figurative Art From The Khartoum School at Saatchi

Salon 008: Forests And Spirits Figurative Art From The Khartoum School at Saatchi

SALON, in collaboration with Roubi L'Roubi, is delighted to present Forests and Spirits: Figurative art from the Khartoum School, an exhibition of recent works by Sudanese artists Salah Elmur, Kamala Ishaq and Ibrahim El-Salahi.

The show is comprised of 14 medium and large-scale paintings - 9 by Elmur and 5 by Ishaq - and a single sculpture, Meditation Tree (2018), by El-Salahi*.

Ishaq has long been preoccupied with the cult of Zar, the term for a demon or spirit assumed to possess individuals, mostly women. The ceremony to drive them away is not an exorcism as perceived by Western sensibilities, it typically includes music and dancing and is effectively an exercise in social restraint, as the 'demon' is often nothing more than an undesirable personality trait such as rudeness or licentiousness.

In Preparation of Incense (2015), Ishaq summons her vision of Zar. Thirteen female figures appear as spirits apparently ascending into the heavens. Various swirling plants convey the sense of movement; these dart left and right like shoals of fish, but also grow from the subjects' mouths, which are agape - possibly wailing, revealing rows of harrowing, broken teeth.

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