Disappearing heritage of Sudan, 1820 – 1956

Brunei Gallery, SOAS London

The Oriental Museum, Durham

Photographic and filmic exploration in Sudan

I undertook photographic and filmic research in Sudan from 2004 to 2010. One of the most important outcomes of this journey was to build up a new and unique collection of photographs and videos that documents the remnants of the colonial experience in Sudan from the Ottoman, Egyptian, and British periods. The photographs and films offer a different way of looking at imperial history.

This photographic and video project is an exploration of the mechanics of empires through its official buildings, private residencies, cinema houses, railways, irrigation canals, and bridges. This research, the only one of its kind, highlights colonial architecture, design and construction and the impact they had on Sudanese society before and after Independence in 1956. It helps us understand the ways in which people appropriated and used the buildings.