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Sudan: An alternative journey through photos

16 May 2008


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The UCL Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is hosting an exhibition by Sudanese photographer Issraa El-Kogali from 13-24 May 2008, entitled 'Zeina: A Photo Iconography'.

This photographic collection of cultural icons aims to associate images with northern Sudan instead of words. The photographer set out to build a collection of symbols and portraits that represent the Northern State known as 'Alshamaliya' in its current day while honouring its ancient Nubian heritage.

The exhibition includes portraiture, landscapes, ancient Nubian sites and modern Nubian architecture, as well as everyday objects that have come to be representative of the region and its cultures. The collection features photographs from Karima, Dongola, Wawa, Abri and Wadi Halfa as well as numerous other towns and villages.

Issraa's work aims to introduce diverse positive images of Sudan into our collective visual memory - images of things from remembered past and of forgotten beauty or people of northern Sudan with the rest of the world.

The exhibition of 'Zeina: A Photo Iconography' concludes the project which began in early 2007 in Khartoum, Sudan.

The museum is located in Malet Place, London WC1E 6BT and is open Tuesday - Friday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Image: 'Blue Window' by Issraa El-Kogali