Lucandrea and Madeeha are exploring ways to build mutual cultural understanding within the Sudanese population by investigating the politics of ethnic representation.
Sudan is characterised by a continuous interethnic conflict and heavy restrictions on the freedom of expression. People suffering from the same economic and political conditions are unable to join forces because of discrimination and seclusion. The lack of mutual cultural understanding is a fundamental problem that divides the Sudanese population.
The proposal is formulated as a travelling street exhibition that can capture the popular cultural reality of the different communities and display them to each other. A group of local volunteers will travel from one community to another to collect everyday objects and practices such as clothing and manners as well as the personal and traditional stories attached to them. The material will be organised in a travelling exhibition co-curated by the communities themselves and installed directly in the local streets. The stories will be told in a face-to-face manner, which transcends literacy barriers. The aim is to create bridges between the communities through culture.
creating mutual cultural understanding
The project will be tested with a sample of communities situated near Khartoum. Lucandrea will work with an anthropologist and the local community leaders, to develop the exhibition structures and the systems of collection and display of the material.
Madeeha has been working as a journalist in Sudan since 1985. She works for an organisation that aims to promote freedom of press and expression. Through her work she raises awareness of women’s rights, human rights and good governance. She also works on capacity building for journalists regarding mass media institutions, technical skills and the above mentioned human rights. Furthermore, she works on partnerships between professional journalists and local reporters. Such partnerships enable local reporters to give first-hand information about the issues in their areas.