Since the 1960s, many innocent Sudanese have been taken into custody, interrogated, tortured, and in some cases lost their lives. Having suffered himself, Salah Elmur aims to highlight the humanity in those who have endured this mistreatment. His paintings are inspired by his research into the history of the ‘mug shot,’ the repetitive, bland nature of which desensitises society to the human stories of these individuals. As a painter, filmmaker, photographer, and author, Elmur creates works that tell their own story within the wider historical narrative of the penal system, forcing viewers to reflect on their 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, both Sharjah.