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Interview with Abstract Artist Yasmeen Abdullah

Mohammed Saad

Yasmeen Abdullah Ahmad saeed

How did you discover your talent?

Since I was young, I was interested in arts in general, and I used to copy paintings from magazines and draw from cartoon films. Praise be to God, schools in Qatar were studying art from the first years. As a student, I continued my artistic practices for the time being, but I did not enter secondary school and decided to major in fine arts

Why do you find yourself in this type of art?

I developed this type of art style from my current complete belief that art is a message for everyone, and is tied to humanity more generally, I try to discover the hidden links between the word and the painting in the sense that the two in the case of my work are complementary to some. Any work, whether a text or a painting, is stand-alone, meaning with some interpreting the talismans of others. And has its inherent value. Through my art, I try to address humanity with all its complications, feelings, and emotions. I try through my pieces to show people another dimension other than the colored surface, and thanks to God that is what happens. People speak directly with the main idea and the essence of the painting.

What did you do to develop your talent? Advanced courses, workshops?

I studied at the College of Fine and Applied Arts, Department of Painting and worked for a year as a teaching assistant after which I devoted myself to drawing. I did not take advanced courses, but the practice is what cultivated my talent for the past 6 years. Praise be to God. I am drawing and I try and I am sure I have many experiences ahead of me.
I have participated in workshops with organizations and individuals that helped me a lot and it let me come into contact with artists from different generations, who I benefited greatly from the accumulation of their experiences.

What are the most prominent exhibitions that you participated in?

Next to graduation exhibitions and cultural exhibitions during the university, my first solo exhibition was in the French Center in partnership with Mojo Gallery, it was part of the activities of the Women’s Week and the Year Dimension in the Women’s Week.

Also a group exhibition in Tunisia and an exhibition at the Spanish embassy in which they announced a new Calender for Sudan, and my last exhibition was a collective mural exhibition, also in the French Center.

Do you have a role through the art that you present in sending messages to the community?

I would love to present a different art that is original and aware of the stereotypes that confined Sudan and the Sudanese identity to a specific formative vocabulary. My message is that art does not have borders, and the more that artwork had a story in it the more it remains closer to the ordinary forum. I’m trying to change the assumption of the recipient that art is just scribbling

Art is my right and another aspect of the Sudanese identity, I cherish it very much, in its more general, and humanist, beliefs and feelings.

What is your ambition for the future?

To get to know more, participate in more exhibitions, develop myself, and invest my energy in producing a different and renewed art, and be an abstract artist who has weight in and out of Sudan. I want to continue experimenting because I am sure that there is still a lot to discover.

The change that happened in Sudan… did you participate in it with your art? And how?

I devoted part of my digital work to documenting influential points in the glorious March of the December Revolution under the hashtag #blueforsudan.

One of which was posted on the American Institute for Peace Studies website with an article on the Sudanese revolution.

In general, I was pleased with the demand for abstract art, especially after the revolution, people remained open to artists at any time, this the circle was narrow and limited when it comes to art and circulating it, but now and specifically after the revolution, the turnout and openness to art and artists is pleasant.

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