Disappearing heritage of Sudan, 1820 - 1956 : Photographic and filmic exploration in Sudan

/ Frederique Cifuentes

This exhibition is the result of photographic and filmic research by Frederique Cifuentes in Sudan from 2004 to 2010. Comprised of Cifuentes’ original material and historic photographs from Durham University’s Sudan Archive, the exhibition offers a new and unique documentation of the remnants of the colonial experience in Sudan from the Ottoman, Egyptian and British periods. It explores how these physical remains of empire have been appropriated in Sudan since Independence.

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Presenting a different way of looking at imperial history, Disappearing heritage is an exploration in the mechanics of empires through its official buildings, private residencies, cinema houses, railways, irrigation canals and bridges. It highlights the colonial architecture, its design and construction, and explores the impact it had on Sudanese society before and after Independence in 1956. It helps us to see how people have used and understood the buildings, many of which have fallen victim to wider economic development or lack of a preservation campaign. This exhibition shows different aspects and forms of the rich colonial architectural heritage in Sudan before it vanishes completely. It is an illustrated history of a unique cultural landscape.

The exhibition will be shown at the Oriental Museum in Durham from 17th January to 30th April 2013. It will then move to the University of Khartoum, Sudan from September to December 2013. It has previously been shown at the Brunei Gallery in London.

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