Country of origin: Sudan
In which Residency Program(s) did you participate?:
Lens and Screen Arts: The Still and Moving Image, 2011
What led you to participate in the Summer Residency Program?
After completing my MFA from the School of Visual Arts in Photography, Video and Related Media, I worked as a film editor for over 7 years. As an editor, I had become consumed by my job where I helped others reach their creative goals and I was ready to focus on my own artistic endeavors. I quit my full-time editing job and was an Artist in Residence at the Rashid Diab Art Centre in Khartoum, Sudan where I taught a digital photography workshop. Upon returning to the states after a year and a half abroad, I went to Charles Traub, chair of the MFA Department, to get an honest critique on a photography project I was working on. He recommended the residency and I immediately applied.
What was the best part of your experience at SVA?
It was amazing to be able to talk to established artists and art critics at length about work and ideas. I also loved the fact that the world was reflected through the participants of the Residency. We were a motley crew of different ages, backgrounds and experiences.