About the artist

 

Since the ‘60s, many innocent Sudanese have been taken into custody, interrogated, tortured, and in some cases lost their lives. Having suffered himself, Elmur aims to highlight the humanity in those who have endured this mistreatment. His paintings are inspired by his research into the history of ‘mug shot,’ the repetitive, bland nature of which desensitises us to the human stories of these individuals. As a painter, filmmaker, photographer, and author, multiple elements come into play within his recent series. Each painting tells its own story of the individual within the wider historical narrative of the penal system, forcing us to reflect on our assumptions and prejudices. 

 

Elmur’s work has been shown at The Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL), Marrakech; The Sharjah Art Museum and the Sharjah Art Foundation. 

 

 

selected works

The innocent Prisoner 22,23,23 and 25
2021
The Innocent Prisoner No. 23
2020
Prisoner No. 12
2020
Innocent Prisoner 2, 3, 4
2021
Innocent Prisoner No.79
2020/2021
Cotton Twigs
2020
Innocent Prisoner No.27
2021
Labels of the Old Faces
2020

current exhibitions

22 September 2021 – 2 January 2022

Salah ElmurZak Ové

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021

past exhibitions

13 October – 17 October 2021

Salah Elmur

The Innocent Prisoner

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

selected press/news

10 August 2020

Salah Elmur

What I Buy & Why: Collector Beth Rudin DeWoody on How She’s Satisfying Her Art-Buying Addiction During Lockdown
 

The innocent Prisoner 22,23,23 and 25

2021Acrylic on canvas185  x 185 cm / 72 7/8 x 72 7/8 in

The Innocent Prisoner No. 23

202090 x 90 cm / 35 3/8 x 35 3/8 in

Prisoner No. 12

2020Acrylic on canvas100 x 70 cm / 39 3/8 x 27 1/2 in

Innocent Prisoner 2, 3, 4

2021Acrylic on canvas167 x 185 cm / 65 3/4 x 72 7/8 in

Innocent Prisoner No.79

2020/2021Acrylic on canvas 90  x 60 cm / 35 3/8 x 23 5/8 in

Cotton Twigs

2020190 x 145 cm cm / 74 3/4 x 57 1/8 in

Innocent Prisoner No.27

2021Acrylic on canvas 185 x 185 cm / 72 7/8 x 72 7/8 in

Labels of the Old Faces

2020180 x 145 cm cm / 70 7/8 x 57 1/8 in