Frédérique Cifuentes

I am a multimedia producer (photography and video), curator and educator leader based in London. My work has been deeply informed and enriched by my continuous multicultural experiences, cross-cultural dia­logues and exploration of identities, histories and mea­nings. I specialise in the documentation and promotion of cultural identity and heritage.

Over the years, I have implemented many creative, media and educational projects and I have experienced a number of milestones. I worked with major cultural organisations and international institutions, NGOs, festivals, museums, galleries, broadcasters, online platforms, academics and corporate clients in the UK, the MENA Region and Sub-Saharan Africa.

My list of clients includes UNESCO, The British Council UK, Sudan and South Sudan, The Institut français Londres, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Leighton House Museum, the Royal Norwe­gian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SOAS, The Arab British Center, Action Contre la Faim, UNHCR, the French Embassy in Khartoum and The Rift Valley Institute.

My photography work has been exhibited world-wide in galleries and museums and published by The Independent, Middle East business news, African Arts, Armanco, among others. My films have been broadcasted by the BBC Arabic, Al Arabia TV, Uni­versal TV, S24 TV Sudan.

I have curated a large number of international exhibitions such as: ‘World Press Freedom Day’ for UNESCO in Finland; ‘Sudan South Sudan Literature Week’; ‘Mogadishu 2030’ and ‘Sudan Singularities’ at P21 Gallery London; ‘Sudan International Photography Sym­posium’ in Sudan; ‘PhotoSudan Network’ at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

I also offer GCSE/ A-Level students and children unique, creative and interactive workshops to engage with photography, film and Arts & Crafts, in order to develop their knowledge and skills, inspire them, to get them to expand their creativity and their arts participation and finally to contribute positively to the intellectual development and personal fulfilment of each and every student.

I am a multiple grantee of the Arts Council England, AFAC (Arab Fund For Arts and Culture), the Arab British Centre, UK and a recipient of various photo awards.

I am also the founder and director of London-based creative agency Ray of Light Studio, which focuses on delivering high-end professional photography and video production as well as consultancy services.

I hold a master degree in Anthropology from Paris-X Nanterre; a postgraduate degree in Photojournalism from London School of Communications; and a Documentary Filmmaking Certificate, DFG’s DOCLAB, UK.

Tel: 0044 77177 55533

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Bursaries / Awards / Residencies
2020    Developing Your Creative Practice Award, Arts Council England, UK
2020    Nuits des Idées Institut français du Royaume-Uni,
     Arts Council England Artists’ International Development Fund, UK
2018    British Council Art Connect Us Research Grants: Sub-Saharan Africa, UK
      Arab British Centre, UK
2017-2011       AFAC (Arabic Fund For Arts and Culture), Lebanon
2010    Art Grant Scheme, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, UK
2007    Merit photographer; The Fujifilm Distinctions Awards, UK
2007 – 2006    Artist in Residence, Leighton House Museum, UK
2006    Grants for the Arts, AArts Council England, UK
2006    Art Grant Scheme, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, UK
2005    Community Champions, The Scarman Trust, UK
2005    Award winner, Unltd, UK
2005    International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention, USA
2004    Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England, UK
2004    Prize-winner of the Humanity Photo Award, UNESCO
2003    CEDEJ, Centre Etudes et de Documentation Economiques, Juridiques et Sociales, France, Sudan
1995    Rebuilding Beirut, Land of Exclusion, first prize winner; Jussieu, Paris VII, France

Solo exhibitions
   Disappearing Heritage of Sudan 1820 – 1956, Mirghany Cultural Center, Sudan
2012    Disappearing Heritage of Sudan 1820 – 1956, Oriental Museum, UK
2012    Disappearing Heritage of Sudan 1820 – 1956, Brunei Gallery, London, UK
2010    Closer to Home, Leighton House Museum, UK
2007    Tableau Vivant and Evocative Orient, Leighton House Museum, UK
2003    Sufi Festivals in Sudan, Brunei Gallery, London, UK
2003    Sufi Festivals in Sudan, French Cultural Centre, Khartoum, Sudan

Group exhibitions
Sudan South Sudan Literature Week, P21 Gallery, London, UK
Mogadishu 2030, P21 Gallery, London, UK
   Sudan: Emergence of Singularities, P21 Gallery, London, UK
2016    World Press Freedom Day, UNESCO, Finland
2009   Cinema in Sudan, Format International Festival, UK
2005    Sufi Groups in Sudan, Khartoum 05, Sudan
2005    Kwoto Dance Company’s tour in Sudan, Royal Commonwealth Society, UK
2005    Sudanese Women Creators of Peace, British Museum, UK
2004    Sufi Festivals in Sudan, Assad Library, Syria
2004    Sufi Festivals in Sudan, Africa Days, UNESCO, France
2002    Sufi Festivals in Sudan, International Photographic Gathering of Aleppo, Syria

2018    Hyperallergic, The Expansive Literary Output of Sudan and South Sudan
The Arab Weekly, Sudanese artists showcased for first time in London
Aramco World, Sudan: Emergence of Singularities
   Africa InVisu, “Disparition du patrimoine colonial du Soudan”, 1820-1956, France
2012    Mashallah News, “Cinema in Sudan”, Lebanon
2008    African Arts Magazine, Summer 2008, vol.41, “Sufi Sheikhs, Sheikhas, and Saints of the Sudan”, UCLA, USA
2006    Qantara magazine, Institut du Monde Arabe, “Le Soudan mystique”, France
2006    Church Times, “Sudan’s man of courage”, UK
2005    Artfides, “24 Hours in The Life Of The Catholic Church”, Germany, Ethiopia
2005    Africultures, l’Harmattan, “Parfums de femmes / Sudanese Women”, France
2005    MEED, Middle East Economical Digest, “Dragon on the Nile / Merowe Dam Sudan”, DUBAI
2005    The Independent Magazine, “Islamic World & Sudan”, UK
2004    Kegan Paul publisher, Sudan Handbook, UK
2004    Polo Quarterly, “A tradition continues, Polo in Khartoum”, UK