I am an Egyptian-born Sudanese artist. My childhood was composed of two environments: the Cairene street and the Sudanese home. The relationship, and sometimes tension, between the two strongly influenced my view of both cultures. The need to express this dual perspective led me to make art initially and has informed my work since.
In my own work, I draw on the character of the city for inspiration. I use motifs and textures found in junk markets, antique shops, modern advertising, and ancient monuments. My images are rooted in place but not in time, often incorporating ancient, historical, and modern elements at once. This juxtaposition, in addition to exploring the diverse composition of the city, often leads to an exploration of confrontation of or conflict with the Other.