The Sudanese Gaze: In Half Light Launch

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The Sudanese Gaze*: In Half Light Book Launch, Exhibition + Film Screenings

Join us for an evening of honoring Sudanese cultural production and celebrating the release of In Half Light (Akashic Books x African Poetry Book Fund). This event will entail a reading by Dalia as well as a screening of Suhaib Gasmelbari's Sudan's Forgotten Films (AlJazeera Witness) and selections from Tajouj, a film by the forebearer of Sudanese cinema Gadalla Gubara. Part book launch and part exhibition, this event is a presentation of the culmination of influences and inspirations present in Elhassan’s chapbook. Work from featured Sudanese artists, writers, photographers and filmmakers will be on display throughout the evening.

Light refreshments will be served.

*The title of this event is adopted from a longer critical paper on visual memory in a post-independence Sudan written by Elhassan.

About In Half Light

“With In Half Light, Dalia Elhassan holds us accountable for the ways we look to a country to name us, and what is left behind when our countries fail to do so—when they fail us . . . . With this collection, with her poetics of naming and of documentation, Elhassan ensures that future generations of Sudanese—and with whatever “Sudan” itself will mean in the years ahead—will know those who came before, those who wrote and painted and made photographs so that our history can be traced clearly after so much erasure has been done to us. ” —Safia Elhillo,from the preface

In Half Light appears as one of the ten limited edition chapbooks published as part of the New-Generation African Poets (Sita) box set. New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Sita), edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani, is an annual project of the African Poetry Book Fund—established through the generosity of Laura and Robert F.X. Sillerman and published in collaboration with Akashic Books—which seeks to identify the best poetry written by African authors working today, with a special focus on those who have not yet published their first full-length book of poetry.



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This event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. The intention of this evening is to center and hold space for Sudanis and members of the Sudanese diaspora. Sudanese people, people of the African diaspora, people interested in poetry, visual memory, and the legacy of African film and photography in Sudan are encouraged to attend.

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