“There is neither a house for Sudanese painters, nor a museum of contemporary art, nor any permanent exhibition space in Sudan.”
Hemoudi complains about the lack of support for artists in Sudan, starting with the infrastructure, especially the scarcity of galleries and exhibition spaces, and ending with materials, such as paints, brushes, and tools for sculpting and pottery. These conditions forced him to travel to the United States to accomplish paintings that reflect the heritage of Sudan.
“I made most of my paintings outside Sudan due to the lack of materials needed to produce these drawings,” he said.
Most Sudanese artists are forced to leave the country due to the lack of capabilities and exhibition spaces in the country’s cultural centers, according to Hemoudi. (See two related articles, “For Sudanese Artist Mohammad Omar Khalil, Black Is All Color” and “Art Book Series Explores What It Is to Be an Arab Artist.”)
Abdel-Hafeez agrees about the lack of state support for Sudanese artists, despite their global contributions.
“There is neither a house for Sudanese painters, nor a museum of contemporary art, nor any permanent exhibition space in Sudan,” he said, adding that some ministries and official bodies used to display cheap, Chinese-made paintings like those sold as home decor.
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Finally, Hemoudi aspires that the government would support artists to promote Sudanese art’s level and presence beyond the Arab region.
“Sudanese art must restore its past glory of previous decades,” he said. “The many young Sudanese talents must be invested to hold exhibitions inside and outside the country.”