Workshops, Experiences, and Activities
Assignment: Health Care Awareness with the aid of the different Arts media To accomplish this we worked with one of the villages in the suburbs of Khartoum called Gabarona. I have written a dramatic script with the help of another colleague and the actors were chosen from the area. I used the music from a familiar song and changed the lyrics to speak about the importance of cleanness and instructions about maintaining and protecting the environment and a group of children was chosen to draw paintings depicting concepts about fighting mosquitoes, Malaria, and epidemic diseases. The workshop came out with incredible results and at its end all the people in the village were repeating the song enthusiastically and happily, demonstrating great interactivity and acceptance of the idea.
- Painting as a “Process of Emptying the insides” for the residents of the youth reformatory in Kobar, Khartoum in collaboration with Warchild organization www.warchild.org
This is a full time job that I receive a monthly salary for working as an Art teacher in this center knowing that the organization has got other programs running in different parts of Sudan . This center has been established for the youth under the age of 19 who have committed homicides where the law constitutes that they don't be legally persecuted. Teens committing such crimes develop an abnormal psychological behavior and require special care and attention and here is where the organization intervenes; helping them through providing an environment where they can receive guidance and advice and develop skills that might help them leading a better life after they finish their specified period in the center. I was involved in this training program where my major role was to involve art and creativity in this process allowing these guys to be able to express and empty their repressed feelings and emotions into paper in a therapeutic manner and at the same time teach them several other skills that will be handy and beneficial later.
- Workshop with the German Cultural Center http://www.goethe.de/ins/su/kha/deindex.htm together with DED organization http://sudan.ded.de/ 2007
Titled “One picture worth a Thousand words”
Normally Artists are assigned by organizations to make posters or short stories to treat some social issues like female circumcision, awareness about landmines or health, etc. This workshop was created with the main purpose of emphasizing the necessity that the artist should himself live the reality of the social problem in order to be able to feel and touch the situation better, absorb and assess it better and hence be able to express it better. With this in mind three caravans were moved to three different cities in Sudan , the Blue Nile , Shamalia and Rank. In these cities the artists visited a few villages and met with the locals and listened to their perspective about the problems they had. These visits were concluded with a camp where these problems and their solutions were translated into different artistic media and the work was exhibited in one exhibition where all the organizations working in the field were invited and the works touching most the problem and its solution were selected.
A Picture is worth... click
- United Nation Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) http://unmis.unmissions.org/ (2006-2008)
I have been involved with the public information office on several assignments including the creation of posters for the International Women's Day, the design of booklets for the awareness against the dangers of landmines and female circumcision together with the design for books informing about the peace keeping forces and Hybrid forces working in Sudan .
- Designing posters for the upcoming Presidential Elections in Sudan April 2010 highlighting the importance of voting and urging the people to benefit from this constitutional right.
The Magic of Coffee
For every material in this world there is a birth. Sometimes you use a material without really knowing its origins or who invented it or used it before you .For art is as old and ancient as history itself as the carvings and paintings found in the caves of the Stone Age known as the Art of the Caves show. At that time the material used for painting was very original, simple and genuine since it was extracted from mother Earth itself and hence was more close to it in the representations. As every birth has got its circumstances and every circumstance has got its work around instruments my story with coffee was no special. For in spite of the fact that nature has preceded the human being in time on space but the human being remained and by far the humanizing factor for nature. The emergence of this material and its development in my work was enforced by a political situation that the country was facing on August 2005 when one of the political leaders died and the country was going through a crisis. All the shops where closed and there was no way to get any kind of chemical colors or material to work with. In the middle of all these troubles “Elisa” the lady who sold coffee at her small desk on the street with a respectable and honorable courage and persistence didn't cease to work .While sitting on one of her small, short ,and uncomfortable semi stools (bunber)drinking my daily cup of coffee wondering not what to express but how to express it and with no other way to empty my augmenting worries, flowing imagination and wrestling thoughts it dawned into me to use the rest of the coffee in my cup in the white paper to create my virtual worlds. Like all the experiments that are used to prove science this was an experiment to create art and suddenly this dark brown liquid with its tendency to obscurity became my only way of expression .So I poured the remaining coffee on the white surface and several muddled worlds came into being from which I carefully chose my characters and drew my words allowing the rest to softly and gradually fade into the white background. As every experiment has got a procedure here are the steps for mine. “Magic of Coffee"
An assignment from Care International Organization http://www.careinternational.org.uk in a training program for the Women of Darfur with the aim of inserting some scientific practical skills that can help in improving the local handcraft products and their productivity .The need for this workshop was necessitated by the recession of some of the products due to the lack of demand for them in the local market. Here the artist should be totally aware that the teaching tools are different since the education process itself is different; its not anymore between a teacher and a student but between an Artisan and a micro entrepreneur. The knowledge transfer here requires being very smart and highly skilled all the time taking into consideration that the other party should be seeing in you an enhancer and a developer not a teacher.
- Development of Women's skills in handcrafts Workshop January 2009
This allows him to endear and value his product accepting only to add to it or improve it and improve the production means but never accepting its change or replacement. “Darfur Workshop“
This was a proposal presented by me to the French Cultural Center . The explorer held in his heart a big love for Sudan and discovered the important historical places Naqa and Mussawarat es Sufra in Sudan and this initiative was a sign of gratitude and appreciation towards him and towards the French Cultural Centre for the big role it played in enriching preserving and presenting the great cultural heritage of this country. Included also in the proposal some pictures from the Lion Temple in Naqa suggesting their reproduction inside the centre. The proposal was accepted and a carving resembling one of the carvings on the Lion Temple was created on one of the walls of the French Centre on 2003.
- Workshop in Commemoration of the French adventurer and explorer Frederic Cailliaud.
- “Here as the Centre of the World” Project
Here as the Centre of the World was a transnational artistic research project that took place in Damascus , Taipei , Diyarbakir , Khartoum , Beirut and Enschede in 2006 and 2007. The project consisted primarily of a series of ten-day workshops in each city, in which one street became the site and subject of research. Artists from each of the six locations worked collaboratively in small groups, carrying out an open-ended process of visual research and creating sitespecific projects and short interventions in public space. Each artist participated in workshops in their country of residence as well as at least one of the other five locations, creating a situation in which the relational nature of difference could be experienced. The workshops were an invitation for artists to 'de-centre' their practices - both to engage with a new 'centre' and to look differently at their usual artistic context. They were invited to consider how one's perception and conception of art is culturally and socially informed and to reflect on the real conditions in which cultural differences are articulated in the day-to-day activities of artists and art workers. Operating in the contact zone between cultures, the project raised issues surrounding the translatability of art. By making space for competing artistic paradigms, it problematized the notion that contemporary art has an international language shared by artists worldwide. Eighteen artists from Europe , The Middle East, Asia and Africa collaborated in a common project in Abu Hamamah street in the El Duem quarter , a very lively popular area in Khartoum with markets and schools and sandy football fields as well as herds of sheep crossing the street. With it's ever changing population the quarter is a true mirror for the recent developments in the region.The project was launched in the spring of 2006 and consisted of 6 workshops, a conference and the publication of a book. Finally around 70 artists have been involved in the collaboration.
- Workshop with the Khartoum Center for Human Rights and Environment Development In 2005 a group of artists were chosen to translate some texts related to the human rights issue into visual art. This translation was preceded by three lectures and discussion meetings that were translated and summarized into paintings. All this work was collected into one book published by the center under the title “Hugoogna” in Arabic or “Our Rights” and one of my paintings was chosen as a cover for this book.
I didn't know much about psychoanalysis and psychology neither about education for people with special needs when I started working with Suha.I am an artist and I dealt with Suha simply from this perspective. I noticed from the first days that Suha has got some problems to control and deal with specific figures for example drawing a square or a triangle, which is not the case with circles. Our first meetings were at Shams Gallery at Khartoum 2 where she attended frequently. At the beginning this thing just made her feel better since she had a constant program in her life that she was following and kept her busy. It was immediately reflected on her humor and self esteem. This is from a psychic point of view. In regards to discovering the artist that habited inside her this is something I started noticing from the way she moved the brush and filled the spaces that I pointed to. She does this with great fluency considering the intensity and the volume of the color. That is her sensing for the need to dip the brush again in the color or dilute it with water didn't occur except when needed and this characteristic exists only in an artist. The idea of the first exhibition: The continuous process of teaching in these cases without any kind of presentation and celebration for the achievement according to the learner is equal to null. From here came the idea of the exhibition.
Suha started to adore painting and started painting a lot and continuously, all the time asking about her next exhibition. -Her self confidence increased which lessened her stubbornness for what she saw that this work can do for her; since it gave her not only inclusion and acceptance but also special attention in the community of art and artists. Curiosity and interest for this work developed in her which made her interested in discovering other kinds of tools and materials that can aid in the artistic presentation like using the roll together with other kinds of mixes that can add a texture to the paper. This resulted in a different and more beautiful kind of work. To summarize I can say that Suha very quickly absorbs the technique and starts dealing with it as she wishes to make her own worlds freely and joyfully and since I practice the same profession as she does, I cant dive into or claim to analyze them because they have their own privacy and sacredness that are sourcing from her soul and personal world.
Moniem in the media Moniem and his work has been mentioned and recognized in several local newspapers that are published in Sudan like Albab which is published in English and provides insight and information about the important touristic features in Khartoum.