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Private View: A Magic Realist Afrabia

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Join us for the private view of ‘A Magic Realist Afrabia,’  a series of digital prints exploring ideas on multicultural identities, hybridity, and the third space. Looking at Sudanese author Tayeb Salih’s ‘Season of Migration to the North’ for inspiration, Elnayal follows main character Mustafa’s journey from Sudan to London and his struggle with his contradicting, convoluted and evolving ethnic identity in her work. Elnayal researches and translates magic realist techniques extracted from literature, art and photography into design techniques, and combines it with information obtained from the photographic essay on the Sudanese aesthetic to build a hybrid, urban, magic realist Afrabia.

Rayan Elnayal is young British-Sudanese artist interested in multicultural hybridity. Elnayal used her masters in architecture from the University of Greenwich to re-imagine Church street in Paddington as a magic realist Afrabia. Project supervised by Rahesh Ram and Mark Garcia.

reACT is an innovative program, established by P21 Gallery & Amal to promote and support emerging and student artists whose work is dedicated to or inspired by the Middle East & Arab world by providing a space within the P21 Gallery for an artistic intervention. ‘reACT’ aims to contribute in building and strengthening cultural ties and dialogues between the East and West on terms designed by a younger generation.

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