Hassan Musa was born in El-Nuhud, Sudan, in 1951. After studying at the Fine Arts School in Khartoum, from 1970 to 1974, he worked as a decorator for television, then as an editor for the Khartoum University Press publishing house, before settling down in France, in 1978. He taught Arabic, then visual arts, while creating several illustrated books for children. He received his PhD in Art History at the University of Montpellier, in 1989.
Aware of the omnipresence of imagery in our society and the violence that can accompany it, Hassan Musa attempts to divert it’s meaning, in order to exploit its violence as a means of defense. His paintings and ink works, on gathered printed fabric, are the hybrid result of a re-appropriation of the iconography of the history of Western art, while also borrowing from Arabic calligraphy and Chinese watercolor.
His work has been shown around the world in numerous major institutions such as the Venice Biennial, the Fondation Blachère, the Museum African Art in New York, in 2004, and the Pompidou Center, during the Africa Remix exhibit from 2004-2007.
He has also exhibited his work at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., in 2015. In addition, he participated in the Triennale de la Tapisserie de Tournai, in Belgium, in 2011, and the Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates, in 2012.
Flower Power, 2015, Ink on fabrics, 120 x 120 cm,
As you know, the Coronavirus is spreading worldwide. After Asia, Europe and the American continent, the African continent sees the Covid19 epidemic coming with great concern, given the limited health infrastructures available in some countries.
All the AAD teams wish to give their warm support to the artists, professionals, partners and volunteers involved in our projects throughout Africa.
We have preventively taken the decision to temporarily suspend all our activities in the field in order to participate in the security of all and to try stop the spread of the virus on the continent.
As we know today, the speed of implementation of measures to protect people on a collective scale is critical in the future fight against the impact of this virus.
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