KHALID ABDEL RAHMAN has a highly distinctive signature style of abstract architectural scenes of middle class neighborhoods in Khartoum. Documenting a middle class that is slowly disappearing due to either working with the government or leaving the country searching for a better living situation taking the perilous journey across the Mediterranean. The brightly sad coloring of these empty neighborhoods reflects the reality of a disappearing class and people. Like a surreal scene from a memory you saw in a dream.
“I always think of my artwork as an extension of the old local sufi poetic tradition that values the eye of contentment or the good eye that sees beauty in everything, with this concept in my mind I take daily walks to look at my surroundings and take photos and sketches and then I go back to the studio to produce the final result, usually a simple drawing with soft and oil pastels on paper. My goal in this body of work is to celebrate the local and the ordinary and hopefully to inspire those who look at my art to take a careful look at things around them.”
A DISSAPEARANCE :KHALID ABDEL RAHMAN
NEW ORLEANS, LA
CURATED BY: KRISTINA KAY ROBINSON AND KHALID ALBAIH