The photographer and author Enikö Nagy has spent several years collecting everyday moments – in photography and spoken word – from over 45 tribes and ethnic groups across 30,000km of Sudan in some of the hardest-to-access regions of the world to produce the English-Arabic bilingual poetic picture book Sand in My Eyes: Sudanese Moments, that this exhibition is drawn from.
Presenting very different images to those one might expect from Sudan this exhibition is taken from the over 26,000 photos, and 2,500 pieces of oral proverbs, legends, myths, poetry and songs Enikö has collected. Reclaiming the narrative about Sudan, the epic journey provides an intimate look into a people and the human experience.
The London showing of the exhibition is co-presented by the Brunei Gallery, SOAS and the Embassy of the Republic of Sudan and is to tour Germany; Austria; the Netherlands; Norway; Belgium; France; Italy; Spain; the USA and Sudan. The book Sand in My Eyes: Sudanese Moments published in 2014 (ISBN 9783940190079, Foreword by UNESCO) will be available from the SOAS Bookshop accompanying the exhibition.
Enikö Nagy, a social pedagogue, born in Romania in 1979 to parents of Hungarian origin, grew up in Germany. A former development advisor for the DED (German Development Service) and an international expert for UNESCO, she is a freelance consultant on development and a researcher on intangible heritage in different parts of Sudan, where she has lived for the past nine years.