Hussein Salim | Artist statement

With Son Osama 2007For me, art not only evokes memories and contemplation of the loss of home but it also encounters the present and shapes the future. My work is the product of a rich heritage from my origins in Sudan, my training there and my recent diasporic experience.

As a Sudanese, my past and present are marred with memories of loss, isolation, migration, exile and forgotten heritage.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Sudanese artists and their critics engaged in a dialogue on the significance of artistic heritage in relation to contemporary Sudanese arts. I was a witness, if not a participant, in this exciting, stimulating period in Sudanese intellectual life which in turn significantly influenced my identity and style of work today.