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Amado Al Fadni

Africa Magazine

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Curated by Tavia La Follette

Artist Statement

Western media has played a role in creating a certain image of Africa, which has affected the way Africans see themselves. Africa and the West both believe in an African continent that is exotic, poor, and violent. In this work of art, I try to use the same media to present a different Africa, a what-if first-world confident Africa. This explores the part of the media in what we believe about ourselves and what others believe about us, and how those beliefs can empower or disempower entire continents.

When

2011

About The Artist

Amado Al Fadni is an Egyptian-born Sudanese artist. His childhood was composed of two environments: the Cairene street and the Sudanese home. The relationship, and sometimes tension, between the two strongly influenced his view of both cultures. In his own work, he draws on the character of the city for inspiration. He uses motifs and textures found in junk markets, antique shops, modern advertising, and ancient monuments. His images are rooted in place but not in time, often incorporating ancient, historical, and modern elements at once.

Curated by Tavia La Follette

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