Salon 008 — Forests And Spirits

, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea, London51.491221 -0.158984

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Dates & Time:
10 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Sun); Last entry 30 mins before closing
Tickets & Cost:
Free. See

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The Saatchi Gallery is putting on an exhibition of work by Sudanese artists Salah Elmur, Kamala Ishaq and Ibrahim El-Salahi — all members of an art movement called the Khartoum School.

Salon 008: Forests And Spirits will show 14 medium and large-scale paintings to try and bring wider attention to contemporary African art. Ishaq and Elmur will provide the paintings, whilst El-Salahi will provide a Meditation Tree around which all the paintings are displayed.

This 'Haraz' tree is of great cultural, spiritual and economical significance to Sudan, and the artist has used it as a link between heaven and earth... between the creator and the created.

Many of Elmur's paintings are also related to trees, and his recent retrospective at the Sharjah Art Museum was inspired by the Sunut Forest in Khartoum. Ishaq, meanwhile, focuses on the cult of Zar -- a demon or spirit that is said to possess individuals


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