Kamala Ibrahim Ishag: In Conversation

Offsite Friday 7 October, 7pm Price: Free, booking required


To celebrate the opening of her solo exhibition at Serpentine, Kamala Ibrahim Ishag returns to the RCA where she studied in the 1960s. She will be in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine to discuss her work, teaching career and exhibition.

Kamala Ibrahim Ishag’s work bridges the earthly and spiritual through an understanding of our connections with the natural world. A pioneering Sudanese artist, with a career spanning over 60 years, Ishag is a defining figure of modern and contemporary art. Her widely recognised paintings, where human and plant forms often intertwine, use a distinctive palette rooted in the colours of the sun, sand and sky. Her works contemplate both the cyclical flow of life and the intangible aspects of women’s lives in Sudan. This major exhibition includes large-scale oil paintings, works on paper, and painted calabashes alongside new and never previously exhibited works.

Kamala Ibrahim Ishag: In Conversation is presented in collaboration with Sharjah Art Foundation, The Africa Institute, Frieze Masters, and the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art.

Kamala Ibrahim Ishag: States of Oneness is organised by Sharjah Art Foundation and Serpentine in collaboration with the Africa Institute, Sharjah. It is co-curated by Hoor Al Qasimi, Director, Sharjah Art Foundation; Salah M. Hassan, Director, The Africa Institute, Sharjah, and Professor at Cornell University; and Melissa Blanchflower, Curator Exhibitions and Public Art, with Sarah Hamed, Assistant Curator, Serpentine.

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