A thousand portraits from Sudan is what this Sudanese photographer wants to show the world in the same titled project.
A thousand portraits from Sudan is “a project created to portray 1000 different faces from Sudan in an artistic attempt to tell the tale of a nation that’s made of various ethnics and backgrounds” according to Ahmad Abushakeema.
He aims to show the diversity that is evident in Sudan and also not evident in mainstream media.
“I have always thought of photography as my way to tell stories, probably because I find photography to be one of the most expressive forms of art,” Abushakeema told The Voix.
The project shows some candid photos everyday people while some others were staged. He reaches out to people on the streets and offers to take their photos, but some times people inform him of their desire to be a part of the project.
Abushakeema hopes to take enough diverse pictures of Sudanese people until he gets to a thousand. Each picture he believes, tells a different story and represents a face of modern Sudan. So far, he has 168 pictures published on the project’s official Tumblr page.
Abushakeema is currently studying engineering at the Khartoum University in Sudan. He said the Thousand Portraits of Sudan project arose from the need to tell of the diverse cultures in Sudan which are under-reported in the media.
Countless civil wars have plagued Sudan since its independence in 1956. This conflict-laden narrative is what is most seen about the East African country in the media. Abushakeema wants to change such narratives about Sudan.
“I want people to look at the project and understand the cultural range and multitude of our backgrounds and histories,” he said in an interview with the Gahwa Project.
Below are some photos from the project.