Ibrahim El-Salahi was arrested in September 1975 and held without trial for six months in Khartoum’s notorious Kober Prison, wrongfully accused of involvement in an anti-government coup. In the weeks of house arrest that followed his release, the pioneering modernist artist, intellectual, and teacher produced his Prison Notebook.
Modest in scale but immeasurable in impact, this sketchbook of masterful pen-and-ink drawings and virtuoso prose and poetry served both to exorcise and document his experience behind bars.
About the Artist
Sudanese artist, writer, critic and cultural diplomat Ibrahim El-Salahi is a pioneer modernist painter and visionary Sudanese intellectual who endured an extended period of incarceration in the mid-1970s during the regime of Gaafar Nimeiri.
About the Editor
Dr Salah M. Hassan is an art historian, critic and curator. He is a Goldwin Smith Professor and Director of the Institute for Comparative Modernities at Cornell University. He is also an Academic Advisor to The Africa Institute.
About the Publisher
Committed to sharing the most thought-provoking modern and contemporary art, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) brings together people with a broad range of backgrounds, interests and professional knowledge, yet with the shared belief that art makes a difference in the world. MoMa preserves, studies and builds the Museum’s collection; designs and constructs exhibitions; leads art-making and educational programmes; and so much more.